Wetlands, forests and more . . .
Tallgrass prairie covers much of the western border of the park. These prairies are home to native grasses that range in height from 2 to 6 feet tall. The park prairie offers a glimpse of a once widespread, but now vanishing ecosystem.
Woodlands include live-oak gallery forests and mixed bottomland hardwood forest. In places, a mature forest canopy reaches for the sky. The trees provide refueling stops for migratory birds and sanctuary for native wildlife species.
The park has several types of wetlands: swamps, lakes, marshes and short-lived ponds that form on the prairies during the rainy season.
Alligators, birds and more . . .
Due to its various ecosystems, the park is famous for its species diversity. Thousands of species, ranging from grasses and wildflowers to trees and aquatic plant life, grow in the park. Animal life is just as diverse.
About 21 species of reptiles and amphibians, including the American alligator, live in the park. Mild days in the spring and fall or any mild winter day are the best time to view reptiles or amphibians.
Always use caution around alligators: Stay at least 30 feet away from alligators, never feed or annoy them, and keep yourself and your pet out of the water. Read through our alligator safety tips before your visit.
Many wading birds, raptors and songbirds live here year-round. Migratory songbirds, waterfowl and other birds use the park for their winter home, spring and summer nesting range, or just as a rest stop on their long migratory route.
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