The Question and Answer section for The Devil and Tom Walker is a great resource to ask questions, find answers, and discuss the novel.
Examples of vegetation and wildlife in the short story are as follows;
thickly wooded swamp, or morass
beautiful dark grove
straggling savin trees
A miserable horse....
a thin carpet of moss
great gloomy pines and hemlocks
The stranger is "Old Scratch", or the Devil.
".....the stranger was neither negro nor Indian. It is true, he was dressed in a rude, half Indian garb, and had a red belt or sash swathed round his body, but his face was neither black nor copper...
The swamp is described as a shortcut - an 'ill-chosen' route. It represents Tom's ill chosen route to getting rich quickly. It represents the route of darkness and the Devil.