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Louisiana swamplands

There are many swamps in Louisiana. For an example, Martin Lake is one of them. Swamplands are no more than just marshes with many different kinds of shrubs and trees. Louisiana Swamplands, though, have many different kinds of animals, including some endangered species such as the American Alligator and the American Black Bear.

Martin Lake

Martin Lake, located in Lafayette, is a wildlife preserve and one of Louisiana's swamplands. It is full of natural beauty, and as such is considered by some to be a wonderful tourist location. The swamplands are home to a few trails as well as many different kinds of animals such as herons, egrets, ibis, water moccasins, cottonmouths, alligators, and coypu (nutria) rats. Despite its classification as a wildlife reserve, however, there have been minor problems with litter and vandalism.


Swamplands are marsh with shrubs, bushes, trees, and animals, though they may not be entirely marsh. Swamps are usually deep and can often be deceiving, and it is this aspect that alligators may rely on to catch prey: the moss covered water may easily be mistaken for land. As the alligator waits nearby, unsuspecting prey may fall through the moss layer. Alligators continue to be dangerous to humans, and while quite fast, they are clumsy while turning.

Locating Swamplands

Swamplands are usually located on the plains of humid states or countries. Louisiana is not the only home to great swamplands; other flat states with humid enough climates may also house them. One way to find swamplands is to follow the alligator population.

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