on this particular trip, there were (the usual) 10,000 turtles and numerous alligators... but the highlight was an encounter with (what appeared to be) a red rat snake.
below, check out the fun pictures (and be sure to click on the short video clips):
left: the gorgeous wakulla river, down by the launch point at the hideaway.
below: sun turtles
left: a turtle gets caught in a tree stump. by the time i got over there to help him out, he was so scared that he rescued himself.
below: a partially submerged rat snake.
left: the snake's head is to the right, looking up. i got within a couple of feet but he woke up and darted toward the woods.
below, video: the sound of a boat (in the background) doesn't scare this turtle:
below: what's that, on the log just past that bush?
"alligator on the left!"
above: cute little guy (4-5 footer)
left: a tiny baby turtle.
below, video: "turtle family"
below, video: "wally gator?"
he actually swam out of the water, then slopped up onto the riverbank
and sank his left hind leg into the thick mud.
he had lots of teeth, but "no toofbush to brush dem wif"