A friend showed me how to get to a wildlife viewing tower in the nearby Guana River Wildlife Management Area. We entered it through the Guana Tolomato Matanzas Reserve (GTM). Regis, Dart, and I have hiked in the GTM several times, but never really ventured into the nearby Guana River Wildlife Management Area. The WMA is very peaceful and beautiful. There were few people there but we saw a variety of wildlife. Although we saw a variety of birds, this is the first time I saw so many reptiles on a hike.
We saw lots of baby alligators. We kept a watchful eye out for mom. Where there are baby alligators, mom is likely to be nearby. We did not want a close encounter with her.
We saw lots of snakes. I think most of them were Florida Water Snakes.
We saw a few different kinds of crabs with two of the varieties pictured here.
An Eastern Towhee sang for us.
We saw a few kinds of butterflies. The Palamedes Swallowtail
and the Great Southern White.
One of the last sightings was a Six Lined Racerunner. It looks like he may have just shed since there appears to still be old skin on his tail. I’m not sure.
While I was out enjoying Florida’s natural environment, Regis was working on projects to get us ready for our cross country trip and Dart was staying cool in the air conditioned house. I will pull Regis away from his projects long enough to go see the snakes and baby alligators before we leave on our trip.