A few days ago we spent 3 nights in the Everglades National Park in Florida. We stayed at a campground called Flamingo, on Florida Bay. The visitor center was all pink which I thought made it look hideous, but other than that the campground was great. It is in a very open area and it was nice and quiet. During our stay we canoed down the Buttonwood Canal and hiked a few trails. We also participated in ranger lead programs which educated people about manatees, crocodiles, and pythons. What I found interesting was that pythons are not native to the Everglades. They ended up there from people releasing them. What also was said is that most differences between alligators and crocodiles is in the color and the snout. Alligators tend to be dark green or black in color and have a broad, U-shaped snout. Whereas crocodiles are more gray and have a V-shaped snout that is more narrow than the alligator’s. The Everglades is the only place on Earth where alligators and crocodiles coexist, I think that is particularly awesome.
We saw a lot of wildlife there including manatees, alligators, crocodiles, and birds, mostly vultures. People said that the vultures would sometimes attack the rubber around the windows of cars, luckily that didn’t happen. Around this time of year is the dry season. There are more visitors during this season because there are less mosquitoes and more opportunities for viewing wildlife. This makes camping, hiking, and canoeing more enjoyable.
We are currently staying in another area of Florida.