Habitats

Red Mangroves

Habitats of Ten Thousand Islands National Wildlife Refuge

  • Black, White, and Red Mangroves

    Red Mangrove

     Florida has approximately 1042.5 square miles (2,700 square kilometers) of mangrove forest, a subtropical coastal ecosystem. The Ten Thousand Islands area, including Ten Thousand Islands National Wildlife Refuge, is comprised of about 232 square miles (600 square kilometers) of mangrove forest, making Southwest Florida home to one of the world’s largest mangrove systems. 

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  • Saltwater and Freshwater Marsh

    Swallows in Marsh

    Marshes are a type of wetland with flora and fauna that adapt to being flooded with water and to living in saturated soils. Approximately 60% of the United States’ marshes are found near shorelines of the northeast Gulf of Mexico. Florida alone is home to about 500,000 acres of salt marsh.

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  • Tropical Hardwood Hammocks

    Palm In Hammock

    The word “hummock” describes an area of land with a slightly higher elevation than its surroundings, like a forest within a marsh. The word “hammock” can be used to describe a shady, cool place. In Florida, these meanings are easily applied to help understand the habitat that is a coastal, tropical hardwood hammock.

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