The Animal Kingdom

There are different groups of animals. One way to classify or group animals is by taking a look at their physical characteristics. Animals can be vertebrates (have a backbone) or invertebrates (have no backbone)
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Shrimp | The Salt Marsh
Shrimp | The Salt Marsh

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Three different species of shrimp are collected commercially from offshore and from the salt marsh. They are the pink shrimp, the brown shrimp, and the white shrimp. They are large, up to 10 inches in...
Blue Crabs | The Salt Marsh
Blue Crabs | The Salt Marsh

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Blue crabs are active predators and effective scavengers. They occur throughout the estuary. They can swim by using their last pair of legs, which have been modified into paddles instead of walking...
Marsh Wren | The Salt Marsh
Marsh Wren | The Salt Marsh

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The wrens build their nests in the tips of living Spartina. The nests are made out of dead Spartina. They are not open, but are covered, so the nest looks like a ball of dead grass. There is a hole on...
Male Fiddler Behavior | The Salt Marsh
Male Fiddler Behavior | The Salt Marsh

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Male fiddler crabs have one large claw, which can be either their left or right. They wave these large claws at other males to frighten them away from their territory. When they wave the claw, they...
Great Blue Herons | The Salt Marsh
Great Blue Herons | The Salt Marsh

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Great blue herons are the largest of our herons. Standing over 3 feet tall, with a large, 6-inch-long dagger of a beak, they eat anything they can spear. They are bluish-gray in color. They most often...
Raccoon | The Salt Marsh
Raccoon | The Salt Marsh

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It ís a raccoon! Raccoons often feed near water and frequently visit the salt marsh during low tide. Raccoons are omnivorous and eat many different plants and animals. In the salt marsh, they often...
Alligators | The Salt Marsh
Alligators | The Salt Marsh

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Alligators are not normally found in brackish or salt water, although they do occasionally swim there. They much prefer freshwater and must return to it to drink. They can reach 19 feet in length, but...
Brodie, Laura | South Carolina Public Radio
Brodie, Laura | South Carolina Public Radio

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"B" is for Brodie, Laura (1908-2004). Herpetologist. Born on a farm in Lexington County, Brodie began collecting snakes and frogs as a young child. By her teens she had converted an outbuilding into...
Ace Basin | 27:Fifty
Ace Basin | 27:Fifty

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Ace Basin is a 350,000 acre nature preserve located in South Carolina’s lowcountry. The Ace Basin is home to not only many species of waterfowl, but also mammals, reptiles, fish, and plants. As the...
Pritchard's Island - Nature Reserve | 27:Fifty
Pritchard's Island - Nature Reserve | 27:Fifty

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Pritchard’s Island, which is off the coast of Beaufort, South Carolina, is one of hundreds of barrier reef islands scattered along the entire southeastern coast. Pritchard’s Island is only accessible...