Balance Of Nature In The Everglades

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The Effects of Animals on the Balance of Nature in the Everglades and the People Surrounding Them The Everglades is a marshy subtropical swamp in southern Florida, covering about 4,000 square miles and extending from Lake Okeechobee south to Florida Bay. The Everglades is a national park that has a lot of plants and animals. It has 25 kinds of orchids, 1000 other kinds of seed - bearing plants and 120 species of trees. In the Everglades National Park, there are over 36 threatened or endangered animal species that reside there, such are American alligators and crocodiles, the Florida panther, the West Indian manatee and the Cape Sable. There are 300 species of birds, seven of which are endangered. There are three kinds of animals that destroy the…show more content…
Half of the Everglades has been drained for agriculture and development. Biological changes such as weather have decreased the population of birds and other animals. The largest threat to the Everglades is invasive animals. (Devis page 3) The most serious detriment is the Burmese pythons. They are destroying the balance of nature in the Everglades. They have beautiful patterned skin which is why people like to keep them at home. The size of a newborn Burmese python is like a human baby so people keep it at home and they think it is very cute. When Burmese pythons reach 23 feet they are not cute anymore. Burmese pythons can weigh up to 200 pounds. They are good swimmers and they can hold their breath in the water for 30 minutes. They are extremely dangerous both to humans and animals, because they destroy the balance of nature for they eat everything. They are predators. Their natural habitat is not the USA. The reason that Burmese pythons are in Everglades is because of people. People like exotic animals and when their animals reach a huge size they

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