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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!


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.







  • 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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  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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