The Things that Live in Swamps
These Are Important Ecosystems and they Exist all over the Planet
by Abraham Ruiz, age 12
you know the difference between a swamp and a marsh? There is one main
difference: swamps contain trees and shrubbery, while marshes are
waterlogged areas without trees. More land dwelling animals live in
swamps, while marshes are home to a variety of birds.
Plants that grow in swamps have their roots permanently underwater. Some
of the biggest swamps are found in Southern Asia. Thousands of miles of
coast are covered in swampland. There are also large swamps in
rainforests like the Amazon.
Many Unique species live in
these areas. In the swamps, there are unusual fish like mudskippers,
which skip on open mud and Archerfish, who feed themselves by shooting
water at insects in nearby trees to make them fall into the swamp.
While swamps house many cool fish, they are also home to some
of the most venomous water snakes in the world. To add to that they
house dangerous alligators, which can ruin your day.
Marshes often form along the banks near many of Europe’s large rivers.
Salt marshes are also common around the coastlines and contain a variety
of grasses depending on the salt quantities.
common cottontails, spike grass, saw grass, oyster grass and many more.
Salt marshes have fewer insects, frogs and snails than freshwater
marshes. Marshes that are permanently flooded house different animals
from those that are not permanent.
Swamps and marshes
can be found in many parts of the world. And they all have distinctive
plants and wildlife living in them.
[Sources: The Kingfisher’s Children Encyclopedia; gardenguides.com]