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Everglades Weston: Burmese Pythons

Burmese Pythons are typically found in Asia along the southern part of the continent. These amazing creatures are known for growing up to 19 feet long and squeezing their prey to death. Over the past few years though, Burmese pythons have begun to appear in the Florida Everglades and Everglades Weston. Not even the Burmese Pythons could resist the tropical temperature and the greenery of Florida.

There was a series of studies conducted as to how or why Burmese pythons were slowly but surely taking over Everglades Weston. Some may say that having such a marvelous species call the Everglades their home has affected the national parks food chain. As any native to the Everglades will tell you, the population of rabbits in the Everglades has decreased and studies believe it is because of this remarkable snake species. Consequently, some have begun to question, “Have these pythons taken a toll on the ecological balance in the Glades?”

The Burmese python can go months without eating and can disappear at will.

Some believe that these Burmese pythons arrived to the Everglades after hurricane Andrew hit. One thing we must mention though, although this particular snake is huge in size and intimidating to say the least, these snakes possess very little threat to us humans. Majority of scientists will agree that a Burmese Python will never attack unless provoked.

You would think that because Burmese Pythons have spread out throughout the Everglades that they would be easy to spot. But that is not the case at all. These marvelous creatures are actually hard t find, making it difficult for those who are against their existence in Everglades Weston to hunt them down.

• Crocodiles favor and adapts to living in salt water while an alligator favors fresh water.

• In general terms, Crocodiles have a lighter skin tone than the appearance of an alligator’s skin.

Now that you know how these animals differ do you think you would be successful in telling them apart if you were to spot one? Next time you vist the Everglades or the local zoo, try to take notes and see which is which.

Everglades Airboat Tours Ft Lauderdale: Alligator Vs Crocodile: What’s the Difference?

During many occasions on our Everglades Airboat Tours Ft Lauderdale we have witnessed how the great majority of people confuse an alligator for a crocodile or vice versa. We tend to confuse the two because they are both known for their scaly skin and scary teeth. The funny thing about it is, the great number of us have committed that same mistake, thinking that both these beautiful creatures are the same when in reality they aren’t. So, what is the difference between an alligator and a crocodile? Let’s find out!

• Although they are remotely similar, they begin to differ in small things like their nose shape. Alligators for one have a snout that is shaped in a “U” form. While on the other hand, a crocodile has a sharp, pointy-like “V” shaped nose.

• Their jaws are actually a lot different as well. For alligators, their upper jaw is a lot longer and wider than their bottom jaw, making it overlap and hide their fierce teeth. A crocodile has a jaw the same size both for upper and lower, making their teeth interlock and become visible.

• Some crocodile species are far way more aggressive than that of an alligator. Alligators are believed to be more docile than a crocodile. But in reality, the behavior of each species varies.

• They both come from a different family, which is why they are very different if you pay close attention to their appearance and behavior.

• Crocodiles favor and adapts to living in salt water while an alligator favors fresh water.

• In general terms, Crocodiles have a lighter skin tone than the appearance of an alligator’s skin.

Now that you know how these animals differ do you think you would be successful in telling them apart if you were to spot one? Next time you vist the Everglades or the local zoo, try to take notes and see which is which.

Private Airboat Rides Everglades: 5 Things I Bet You Didn’t Know About Sea Turtles

Sea turtles are a wonderful species that have become a part of the Everglades many wonders for many years now and sadly they have become an endangered specimen. There are many things to admire about the beauty and uniqueness of a sea turtle during a Private Airboat Rides Everglades but further than just its beauty, here are a couple things about the sea turtle that I bet you were completely unaware of:

1. There are only 7 sea turtle species left around the word. Those seven species are the Green, Hawksbill, Leather back, Flat back, Loggerhead, Kemp Ridley and Olive Ridle species.

2. The biggest fresh water turtle in North America is actually the alligator snapping turtle, which can grow up to 2.5 feet long and up to 200 lbs. in weight. This species of turtle is a carnivore, and it likes to munch on things like fish, frogs, snakes, and even other turtles. Talk about creepy!

3. I know you have probably heard things like,” You are as slow as a turtle.” And well, have you ever wondered why a turtle walks so slowly? The reason why a turtle is so slow is because their flippers are adapted to swimming and not walking. When it comes to swimming, they are actually quite swift and travel large distances.

4. Did you know that turtles can hear vibrations? Sea Turtles are known for their keen eye sight and sense of smell.

5. Sea Turtles can live pretty long lives. Their life span ranges from 70-80 years old.

Bonus Fact: Sea Turtles do not have teeth but their mouths are adapted to chew over the food that they digest.

How many did things did you learn about sea turtles that you didn’t already know? Aren’t they a beautiful creature? Let’s start working together to save their species. Such a beautiful animal should not cease to exist.