Mixed Hardwood Swamp

 

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This upland ecosystem usually occurs on land that is higher than the surrounding wetlands but lower than pinelands. Soils are generally well developed, but poorly drained. Historically, hardwood swamps are seasonally flooded. Hardwood swamps create conditions that are somewhat resistant to fires. There can be great diversity in both plant and animal species. Temperate hardwoods and cabbage palms are the dominant canopy species other plants may include Red Maple, Pond Apple, Coco Plum, and Ferns. Animals can include raccoons, opossums, birds, snakes, lizards, tree frogs, bobcat, and deer.