Aquatic or Terrestrial? • Salt Marshes are aquatic.
Characteristics • They are coastal wetlands that are flooded and drained by salt water. • They are brought in by the tides. • Long tall grass beside the water. • Oxygen levels in the peat can be very low. • A lot of people canoe here.
Characteristics • This is also a very good place to go canoeing. • They provide essential foods to fisheries like blue crab, shrimp, and many finfish. • Inter-Tidal habitats are essential for healthy fisheries, coast lines and communities.
Looks • They are muddy around the water and surrounded by peat. • Made of decomposing plant matter that is often several feet deep. • Often very spongy. • Murky water that is dark.
Animals • Some birds like sparrows, gulls, shorebirds, and rails. • Snails, clams, mussels, periwinkles, grass shrimp and blue crabs are some of the invertebrates. • Some mammals and reptiles include marsh rabbits, and diamondback terrapins, salt marsh snake, raccoons, muskrats, mink, and voles.
Plants • Smooth Cord Grass, Salt Grass, Salt Hay, Phragmite, Sea Lavender, Salt marsh Ox-Eye. • More plants are the Seashore Mallow and Perennial Salt Marsh Aster. • Some shrubs include poison ivy, groundseltrees, and marsh elder, the most common shrub in salt marshes.
Location • Salt marshes occur worldwide particularly in the middle to high latitudes. • Thriving along protected shorelines. • They are a common habitat in estuaries. • In the US, salt marshes can be found on every coast and most of them are on the Gulf of Mexico
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