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All About Penguins by Kay Winnit

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8-m) alligator, but the alligator had clawed its way out of the snake’s belly. Both reptiles died during the struggle. Scientists are very concerned about the growing number of pythons living in the Everglades. The alligator has always been the top predator there. But now with the python, two reptile species are fighting for the title of top predator. Scientists want to rid the Everglades of the python, and over 150 pythons have been caught and removed by park staff. A variety of turtles live in the Everglades.

The few families who made Flamingo their home lived by farming, fishing, and hunting. Today, Flamingo is part of Everglades National Park. The Diminishing Everglades Even as early as the 1830s, some government officials knew that the uninhabitable area of southern Florida would one day be used for agriculture. They knew the first step would be to drain the Everglades of its water. S. population. The process began when Congress ordered a survey of the Everglades for the purpose of developing a plan to drain the area.

Alligators lay thirty-five to fifty eggs that they then cover with sawgrass. Upon hatching, the U n u s u a l Pl a n t s a n d A n im a l s 37 The American alligator is the most common reptile found in the Everglades. baby alligators make a high-pitched call. When the mother alligator hears it, she tears the sawgrass cover off so the hatchlings can come out of the nest. Alligators are 6 to 8 inches (15 to 20 cm) long when first hatched. Alligator mothers do not feed their young. However, they do protect them for up to two years.

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