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Wetlands Animals

There are tons of different species of animals that live in the Wetlands biome. Since there are so many animals that live in the Wetlands biome, they are all unique and have special characteristics. Here are some of the animals that live in the Wetlands biome:

 

  • Alligators-

Type of Animal: Reptile

Lives in: Swamps 

Average Lifetime Span: About 60 years

Average Length: Up to 20 feet

Average Amount of Babies: 30

Eats: Almost anything

Benefits from Wetlands: In the Wetlands, alligators have a beneficial living environment.

 

  • Beaver-

Type of Animal: Mammal

Lives in: Swamps and Bogs

Average Lifetime Span:Up to 24 years

Average Length:  80 cm to 130.5cm long

Average Amount of Babies: 1 to 6 kits a year

Eats: Plants such as leaves, bark and twigs

Benefits from Wetlands: They get a large amount of space and materials to create their homes.

 

  • Dragonflies-

Type of Animal: Insect

Lives in: Bogs and Marshes

Average Lifetime Span: 6 months to 7 years

Average Length: 1 to 4 inches

Average Amount of Babies: 1,000 eggs at a time

Eats: Other flying insects

Benefits from Wetlands: In the Wetlands biome, dragonflies recieve necessary recoures. Also the Wetlands is a perfect fit for the places where dragonflies live.

 

  • Map Turtle-

Type of Animal: Reptile

Lives in: Marshes

Average Lifetime Span: A little more than 20 years.

Average Length: Up to 5 feet

Average Amount of Babies: About 2 to 22

Eats: Plants

Benefits from Wetlands: They get lots of food and a place to live that fits their needs.

 

  • Mink-

Type of Animal: Mammal

Lives in: Swamps

Average Lifetime Span: 39-72 days

Average Length: 60 cm or larger

Average Amount of Babies: 5 Kits

Eats: Muskrats, birds, rabbits, mice, chipmunks, snakes, and frogs

Benefits from Wetlands: They have a large quanity of food to eat in the Wetlands.

 

  • Mudpuppy-

Type of Animal: Amphibian

Lives in : Bogs

Average Lifetime Span: Up to 11 years

Average Length: 8 to 13 inches

Average Amount of Babies: 20-200 eggs

Eats: Crayfish, worms, and snails

Benefits from Wetlands: They have a safe place to hide from predators in the vegetation in the Wetlands.

 

  • Muskrats-

Type of Animal: Rodents

Lives in: Swamps and Bogs

Average Lifetime Span: 3 to 4 years

Average Length: Plants, clams, frogs, crayfish

Average Amount of Babies: 1 to 5

Eats:Cattails, Waterlilies, arrowheads, Mussels, crayfish, fish, snails, and wild rice.

Benefits from Wetlands: In the Wetlands biome, the muskrat is able to get food, a home, and places to protect themselves from predators.

 

  • Northern Water snake-

Type of Animal: Reptile

Lives in: Marshes

Average Lifetime Span: Up to 10 to 15 years

Average Length: Over 4 feet long

Average Amount of Babies: 30 at a time

Eats: Small fish, leeches,worms, frogs, young turtles, and birds

Benefits from Wetlands: The Northern water snake recivives a healthy and safe environment to live i for its life. Also it has very few predators in the Wetlands.

 

  • Prothonotary Warbler -

Type of Animal: Bird

Lives in: Swamps

Average Lifetime Span: 2 to 3

Average Length: 13 cm

Average Amount of Babies: 3 to 8 eggs

Eats: Insects and snails

Benefits from Wetlands: They have a great plce to live. The trees also can hide them from predators if the predator can not climb or fly to high in the tree.

 

  • White-tailed deer-

Type of Animal: Mammal

Lives in : Swamps

Average Lifetime Span: 6 to 14 years

Average Length:N About 6 to 8 feet

Average Amount of Babies: 1 to 3 a year

Eats: Plants

Benefits from Wetlands: They recivie protectin form the trees. Also they get a large amount to eat from all the plants in the Wetlands.

 All of these animals have to adapt to their environment. One way they adapt to the environment is “development or modification of specialized regions of the body for gas exchange.” Also, they have to be able to move to higher grounds during floods, or climb high trees. In addition, Wetlands animals have to” modification of respiratory pigments to improve oxygen carrying capacity.” There many other ways that animals in the wetland adapt to their living space/ environment, but theyare just a few that help them to survive.

 

Credits:

http://animals.nationalgeographic.com/animals/mammals/beaver/

http://www.beaversolutions.com/about_beaver_biology.asp

http://nature.ca/notebooks/english/ammink.htm

http://animals.nationalgeographic.com/animals/amphibians/mudpuppy/

http://www.fcps.edu/islandcreekes/ecology/northern_water_snake.htm
http://www.fcps.edu/islandcreekes/ecology/muskrat.htm

http://animals.nationalgeographic.com/animals/mammals/white-tailed-deer

http://www.marathonbooks.com/Alligator.html

http://kingfish.coastal.edu/biology/sgilman/778AnimalAdapt.htm

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