Cool Crawlers and Such

Trip Start Dec 31, 2012
Trip End May 04, 2013

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The Reptile and Flower Exhipit

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Sunday, February 17, 2013

Today we took the short ride to the Big Cypress Swamp Welcoming Center.  It was cold today, following the cold front that just passed through.  Cold follows Cold Front...front page news!  Anyway, there wasn't much to see inside.  I did buy a new cap which looks pretty cool, if I must say so myself.

But then we went out on the short boardwalk to check it out.  Man were we in for a surprise!  A fellow there pointed out two manatees playing in the water.  I got the best shots that I've gotten so far.  The water was crystal clear and they seemed to come up for air every couple of minutes.  I lucked out in getting some fine shots of them.

We came back to our site and had lunch.  Then we walked back over to the reptile and bird center to check it out.  Lynn got a call from Lisa and I visited with Rick, the curator, so to speak.  He told me a lot about the Burmese Pythons he has.  Six of them are of the albino variety.  They don't survive for long in the wild, due to their lack of camouflage.  I got to see the largest python close up and got a shot of her.  She'll eventually weigh five hundred pounds.  There were two iguanas in with her, due to the cool weather here.  They are quite interesting to watch.  He reached in and the female reacted by trying to whip him with her tail.  I got some video of that and will include it on Flickr.

Lynn came in and we took the tour with a young couple from near the area.  The first animal was an eighteen month old alligator.  The young woman held it for pictures and then, quite unexpectedly Rick handed it to Lynn... Whooo Boy!  She was shocked, but tolerated it well, as the photos will show.

Then, I had a chance to hold a local reptile, the corn snake.  It's named so due to the shapes on it's underside which look just like niblets of corn.  It's a beautiful snake and no problem to handle.  Lynn got a couple of shots of me doing just that.

Then we went out and saw the various parrots, macaws and cockatiels. Lynn got hold a very friendly cockatiel which wandered up and down her arm for a few minutes.  The highlight was her getting to hold a large parrot from the Brazilian jungle called a red something green stripe.  The photos will show the beauty.  

I got several photos of orchids.  Upon Lynn's inquiry, he said that he buys most of them from Home Depot.  He's a very interesting and adept fellow and taught us a lot about the reptiles and birds.  If you are ever down here, this is the place to visit.

Now Lynn is finishing up her visit with Lisa doing some planning for the visit from our kids next week.  We're excited and, from what I hear, so are they!

Thanks for stopping by.  Oh, by the way, in case you're wondering, the word I was trying to remember yesterday, was "parasite."  Lynn finally came up with it.
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Sus on

I can't wait to look at the pics. Snowed here last night. Off to kids just planning..David and Kev off to ski.

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