Big Cypress National Preserve Tropics

South Florida has a subtropical environment. Sub is the controlling prefix. That means that at times it freezes. When it freezes, certain plants may suffer significant damage or even die. It is the northern-most range for some species; gumbo limbo is very small here compared to tropical environments in South America and the Caribbean. The same could be said for the tamarind tree. On the other hand, some northern species suffer in the extreme heat of south Florida summers. Maple trees are small and scrawny - barely noticeable.

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Featured Park
Rising above a scene rich with extraordinary wildlife, pristine lakes, and alpine terrain, the Teton Range stands monument to the people who fought to protect it. These are mountains of the imagination. Mountains that led to the creation of Grand Teton National Park where you can explore over two hundred miles of trails, float the Snake River or enjoy the serenity of this remarkable place.
Featured Wildlife
The pika is a close relative of the rabbits and hares, with two upper incisors on each side of the jaw, one behind the other. Being rock-gray in color, pikas are seldom seen until their shrill, metallic call reveals their presence.