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.
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
There are 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
Swamps and marshes can be found in many parts
of the world. And they all have distinctive plants and wildlife living
[Sources: The Kingfisher’s Children Encyclopedia; gardenguides.com]