Mammals of the Everglades
WELCOME TO THE WORLD OF MAMMALS!
Mammals are found almost anywhere in the world. They're like one gigantic club. The members are so different from one another that it can be a little confusing.
Think about it, mammals include animals that are great and strong like the elephants of Africa to animals small as a mouse that just might be living in your very own house.
So how do you get to belong to such an amazing club? What are the traits of a mammal?
To belong in this club, all you need to do is meet some basic requirements:
All mammals are able to meet these requirements.
Hey, you know what?
There are mammals that live on land like the Florida panther, in the seas and oceans like the dolphins, whales, and manatees, underground like the moles, and even in the air like bats (did you know that the bat is the only mammal able to fly).
Now that we know some cool facts about this group of animals, let's go learn more about some of the Everglades' very special mammals.
Let's take a look at the Florida panther!
Panthers are great climbers. They are swift and strong, yet incredibly timid creatures. Their favorite food is the white-tailed deer.
If you spot one, you are very lucky and I'll tell you why.
So if you are lucky enough to spot this rare and endangered (which means there are not many left) animal, make certain to take a good long look!
Another mammal you may see, is the West Indian Manatee.
These large, gentle animals spend the winter months along the warm waters of the Florida coast and other inland bodies of water. They can still be seen throughout the year but they migrate up the coasts.
These slow-swimming animals spend a big part of their day grazing on seagrass and freshwater vegetation.
Did you know, explorers mistakenly called them mermaids?
Did You Know?
Mermaid sightings have been reported by sailors throughout history who often blamed the part-woman, part-fish beings for leading them astray. But folklore experts believe that what those sailors were seeing were not mermaids, but rather air-breathing manatees, or their dugong relatives.