Monday, November 14, 2011
This fascinating species of snake is primarily aquatic, usually only leaving the water in search of prey or finding a mate. Found from Southern Virginia all the way into Florida, the Mud snake primarily inhabits swamps where there is an abundance of sirens and amphiumas, the Mud snakes favorite prey. These snakes are very strong snakes but rarely, if ever, bite when handled. The most common reaction to being handled is that the Mud snake will poke it's captor with its harmless pointed tail. Moving from bodies of water primarily at night also make this species one that is rarely encountered by people but is also a reason why these snakes suffer a high road mortality rate. While these snakes are believed to exist in high numbers little is known about their actual population numbers due to their secretive existence.
Lesser Known Fact: Mud Snakes have been witnessed using their pointed tail as an anchor in the mud for extra leverage while subduing prey.
Making the trip from the entrance of ENP driving all the way to Flamingo in Monroe county we hit every trail we could. Most of the trails were in the sun, so be sure to bring some sunscreen. The shaded trails proved to be the worst for mosquitoes, and after a few minutes on something as simple as the Gumbo Limbo Trail, jogging was the best option to escape the little flying blood suckers. You may as well leave the bug spray at home because I think that the mosquito buzzing...is just them laughing at you for trying. So unless you want to wear a full bug protection suit I would highly advise to avoid any shaded trails.
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There is virtually no challenge to any of the trails in the everglades, everything is flat! The only issue is that the trails may test your stamina when it comes to the heat or test your patience when it comes to the buzzing blood sucking mosquitoes.
Posted by Francis and Ann at 6:03 PM
Labels: American alligator, American crocodile, amphibians, Anhinga, birds, Florida, Florida Everglades, hiking, National Park, nature, reptiles, snakes, trails, turtles, wildlife