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Washington State alone has more than 7,800 of them; Minnesota, more than 12,000. Many varieties of plants and animals live in lakes. Some of these are simply aquatic plants and animals that could live in almost any water and some are specific to an area or a special habitat.


Microscopic animals like algae and protozoan live in lakes, as well as larger animals, such as frogs, reptiles, birds and turtles. Animals of various sizes live in lakes all around the world. A lake is a large body of freshwater that is fed by streams and rivers. Other living things, such as plants, fish, insects and even hippos, live in lakes.


The Great Lakes have suffered greatly the effects of introduced (non-native) species during the past two hundred years. Non-native animal species such as zebra mussels, quagga mussels, sea lampreys, alewives, Asian carps, and many others have greatly altered the Great Lakes ecosystem.


Animals that live near a lake may visit it to find food, take a drink, or cool off. People need the water in lakes, too. Sometimes, people even make lakes in places that would not naturally have them so that towns and cities can get the water they need. These artificial lakes are called reservoirs.


Many interesting animals live in and around ponds and lakes.Here are just a few... You can learn about additional freshwater animals, including insects, in the Aquatic Critters Slide Show.. Animal data and illustrations (except for the Animal Critters Slide Show) come from the Multimedia Animals Encyclopedia.


Some animals that live in rivers or lakes are salmon, trout, frogs, herons hunt, dragonflies, pike, snake necked turtle, lungfish, fish eagle's, and flamingo's. share with friends.


The Great Lakes region has been home to Native Americans for nearly 10,000 years. The first Europeans arrived in the 1600s and began to utilize the region for animal furs. It wasn't long before more settlers were drawn to the region seeking farmland. Today more than 35 million people live in the Great Lakes basin in Canada and the United States.


Freshwater Lakes and rivers are created by streams high in the mountains that flow down when evaporated sea water falls as rain. The majority of the water that evaporates out of the ocean disappears into the atmosphere but the rest falls as rain into the freshwater rivers and then back into the sea. Streams, rivers and lakes are home to countless animal species all around the world.


There are a wide variety of freshwater habitats. The animal species that live in these habitats vary dramatically from one area to another. Animals of all types, including large numbers of reptiles, fish and birds live in freshwater habitats. More freshwater habitat information; Animals of the Freshwater: Freshwater Animals


Animals that do not possess a backbone are known as invertebrates. These include all types of crustaceans, worms, snails and insects. Crustaceans such as crayfish, shrimp, some types of lobster and certain crab species live in streams and rivers.