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Swampy Creatures – Fun Facts

 

My family and I went to Florida a few days ago, and we saw some amazing animals. We went to Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary and saw alligators, turtles, snakes, and lots of birds. I decided to look up a few animals and post fun facts about them. I hope you enjoy!

-Anna

Nine-Banded Armadillo:

  • There are over 20 different kinds of armadillos, and the Nine – Banded Armadillo is the only kind found in the United States.
  • “Armadillo” means “Little Armored One”
  • Nine – Banded Armadillos can have between 7 and 11 bands, even though they’re called Nine-Banded Armadillos.
  • Their sense of smell can track down almost 500 different foods, most are insects.
  • Nine-Banded Armadillos jump straight up when they’re startled.  

 

 

 

 

 

 

American Alligator:

  • When an alligator’s teeth get worn down, they get replaced. An alligator can go through 3,000 teeth in their life.
  • Alligators have four short legs; the front legs have five toes, and the back legs only have four toes.
  • Large males can weigh 1,000 pounds.
  • They can live up to 50 years old.
  • Alligators dig themselves into hollows in the mud, then it fills with water. The tunnels can be 65 feet long.

 

 

 

 

 

Anhinga:

  • Sometimes, the Anhinga spears a fish too hard with its bill, it has to come to shore and get the fish off with a rock.
  • Unlike other birds, the Anhinga feathers aren’t as waterproof.
  • It will perch on a tree with its wings open to dry its feathers and warm its body.
  • The Anhinga is also called “the snakebird”. When an Anhinga swims, its head and neck stretch out and it looks like a snake.
  • The female lays 3-5 light blue eggs.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Flannel Moth Caterpillar:

  • The Flannel Moth Caterpillar is one of the most toxic caterpillars
  • It has been called “the Puss Caterpillar”
  • The Flannel Moth Caterpillar will sting you if you touch it. There is really nothing you can do to stop the pain.
  • People say the Flannel Moth’s sting can be like a bee sting but, 100 times worst.

 

 

 

 

 

 

White Ibis:

  • The oldest recorded White Ibis was about 16 years old.
  • The White Ibis has webbed feet almost like a duck.
  • It doesn’t look like it but the White Ibis has black tips on their wings.

 

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2 Comments

  1. natalie dente March 2, 2017

    Hi Anna, It’s great to see all these wonderful pictures and to learn about these beautiful and sometimes funny creatures that God created. We have a swamp park here in Delray Beach. Will have to take a trip there again to see if I can find these animals too. Love Grandma Natalie

  2. donna March 3, 2017

    Hi Anna,

    I love the pictures. You captured the animals beautifully. Who knew armadillos were so cute!!

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