Hiking the Florida Trail through Big Cypress during the”wet season” is an amazing experience. Nothing really compares to wading through the Everglades in mid-calf to waist deep water. That being said, I was getting a little nervous when I snapped this first picture of the setting sun without any dry land in sight. I ultimately found a 10x10 patch in the middle of the trail to string my hammock over.
Saw this little peninsula ribbon snake in Big Cypress today. These snakes can get to an average length of 20-28” and are often found in pinelands, hardwood hammocks, cypress strands, and wetlands. Breeding occurs between April-June, so maybe this one was looking for some snake love? Either that or looking for some little critters to eat! 🐍💚