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The Ultimate Everglades National Park Quiz
by Staff
The Everglades National Park occupies a considerable part of southern Florida. This huge park contains a wide variety of unique habitats and residents not found anywhere else in the United States. Take this quiz to learn more about these creatures and many others.

Where is the Everglades National Park located?

  • east Florida
  • south Florida
  • west Florida

How big is the park?

  • million and a half acres
  • million acres
  • half a million acres

What kind of terrain do you find here?

  • saltwater swamps
  • saltwater lakes
  • marine islands, fresh water lakes and swamps

How big was the Everglades once?

  • 4,000 square miles
  • 3,000 square miles
  • 2,000 square miles

How far does the Everglades extend?

  • Lake Okeechobee and Big Cypress Swamp
  • Shark Valley to Lake Okeechobee
  • Big Cypress Swamp to the Gulf of Mexico

When was the park established?

  • 1940
  • 1947
  • 1958

What endangered species can only be found in the Everglades?

  • crocodiles
  • manatee
  • egret

How many species of plants grow in this area?

  • 600
  • 700
  • 800

How many bird species can be found in the park?

  • 200
  • 250
  • 300

What makes the park so special?

  • its abundance of monuments and natural canyons
  • one of the world's most complex ecosystems
  • large population of black bear

How do you tell the difference between a common alligator and the mighty crocodile?

  • The crocodile's lower teeth are visible when its mouth is closed.
  • The alligator is shorter and a different color.
  • The crocodile spends more time on dry land than the marine alligator.

How does the crocodile signal its presence?

  • It snaps its powerful jaws loudly.
  • It snorts underwater sending up a spray of water.
  • It whacks the water with its tail.

What is a hammock in the context of the Everglades?

  • small bare land masses scattered throughout the swamps
  • masses of vegetation
  • thick vegetation strung out between the mangroves

Do you find wildlife on the hammocks?

  • only birds
  • only marine life
  • foxes, raccoons, snakes, deer

When is the best time to visit the park?

  • December to April
  • April to September
  • September to December

Why is this the best time to visit?

  • Plant life is in full bloom.
  • There are fewer bugs.
  • There are fewer visitors.

What endangered bird can you find at Paurotis Pond?

  • wood stork
  • flamingo
  • roseate spoonbill

What fish can live encased in mud during the dry season?

  • coelacanth
  • puffer fish
  • gar

What happened in the Everglades in 1939 as a result of overdraining?

  • serious damage to the ecosystems
  • widespread fires
  • wildlife fled to other areas

What is the major threat to the Everglades today?

  • dwindling numbers of predators
  • hunters and poachers
  • water shortage