I went with my wife and four years old daugther at a tuesday at 98F so we abandoned our private trip as my wife got scared of the alligators and my little girl got tired. Once back on the parking lot we met Mako(very nice guy) and told us about a tour scheduled on wednesdays at 0900am. I decided to join that trip the next day right away.
The tour was lead by George and Bob. Just like Make, very nice guy's and willing to explain everything and the answered a lot of questions.
About the wildlife; we didnt see everything possible, but we had a fair trip. We spotted the 8.5 feet female Alligator(though not on the trail/road). We saw Woodpeckers, lots of brown anole's, red-shouldered Hawks and a few more. However when the water is higher, we wouild have seen more I understood.
Best thing we saw was a Turtle. George called it the Alligator Turtle since it had a tail like a turtle. It was on the trail. Even Gearge and Bob had never seen one in the fout years the worked there.
So, no alligator on the trail, not loads of birds or snakes. But the special turtle made the day!
I can do nothing but recommend a visit here. If you feel more comfortable then by going on your own, join the tour on a wednesday at 0900pm. I heard there is a webside where one can subscribe, but if you join at the right time, you can join most of the time.
The tour is about 2.5 hours long. Starting in November and the last is normally end of April. George told that from may - august they run a pilot tour every fourth saturday of the month to check if anyone is interested.
The title says it al, there is just no reason not to go there. Even on a "medium" day, its worth it. But above all: its free. So the only thing you would lose is some time!
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