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Migrating Birds in the Everglades

Migrating Birds in the Everglades

On a ride with Everglades airboat tours in Fort Lauderdale, visitors skim across what is sometimes called a “river on grass.” In the Everglades, which is a slow-moving river, visitors can hear a chorus of frogs and cicadas, and they can safely observe alligators lying on the sun-warmed shore.

View Migratory Birds in the Everglades and Endangered Animals in a Natural Setting

Tourists can also view a variety of birds in their natural habitat. Unusual birds appear during the migratory season in this warm and beautiful area of swampland. Over 360 different species of birds have been spotted in the Everglades, most belonging in one of the following categories – wading, land, and prey.

Some of the birds that tourists may catch sight of are the roseate spoonbill, varieties of egrets, the great blue heron, the black-necked stilt, white and black ibis, and ducks such as the greenwing teal. Egrets and herons, as well as ibises and spoonbills are wading birds, that you’ll often spot walking in the shallow waters of the glades on the hunt for food.

The Everglades, once the territory of the Seminole Indians, remains the home of various plants and animals. Among them are several endangered species that have adapted over time to the subtropical and wet environment.

Schedule Your Delightful Everglades Airboat Tours in Fort Lauderdale With Captain Bill

Cypress Outdoor Adventures offers day and sunset tours, where you may be able to observe many of the birds heading back to the northern part of the country for spring. On the sunset tours, the boat has lights that illuminate the surroundings so that tourists can view the wildlife. Then, as the sun goes down, the lights are turned off for all on the boat to revel in the beauty of the fiery ball as it passes below the horizon.

In addition to these tours, we offer other excursions such as bow-fishing. For more information on Everglades airboat tours Fort Lauderdale and to make arrangements for tours, contact Captain Bill, owner of Cypress Outdoor Adventures today at 954-260-1096.

Fun Facts about the Eastern Indigo Snake

Fun Facts about the Eastern Indigo Snake

Florida is full of beautiful, marshy landscapes and the creatures that inhabit the land, sea, and sky. We have some of the most interesting creatures in the United States thanks to our Everglades, and we’re responsible for protecting and bringing awareness about them to others. This includes our protected species, such as the Eastern Indigo Snake.

Is the eastern indigo snake venomous?

Let’s just get this out of the way – no, they are not venomous. Eastern Indigo Snakes rarely bite humans. But they do bite prey, enemies, and occasionally males will fight each other in aggressive situations. The indigo snake is considered harmless, but is a protected species you can not handle without a permit. Not that most necessarily want to handle a snake…

The Eastern Indigo Snake Is the Longest Snake in North America

Identified by its beautiful blue-black sheen, this species is now native to peninsular Florida and southeast Georgia. The females can reach up to 6.5 ft long and males up to 8.5 ft. While their size can be impressive, they are most often between 5-6 ft. long.

Eastern Indigo Snakes Eat Other Venomous Snakes

Yes, that’s right. The eastern indigo snake overpowers its often larger prey with muscular jaws, consuming them head first. The indigo snake has a diet of lizards, tortoises, mammals, frogs, birds, and other venomous snakes. It has been observed that the Indigo snake appears to be immune to the poison of venomous snakes.

The Best Place to see an Eastern Indigo Snake Is the Everglades

Although the Indigo snake is now listed as a threatened species because of dramatic decline in population – due to over-collecting by domestic and international pet trade – it can still be found in the Everglades! Preservations of these habitats is the best assurance of survival for the indigo snake.

You May See an Eastern Indigo Snake on an Everglades Airboat Tour in Fort Lauderdale

Although as a protected species, the chances of seeing an Indigo are slimmer than an Alligator. But keep your eyes peeled on tour! There’s a good chance you’ll see one on your next airboat tour of the Everglades. Are you ready to get closer to nature than you’ve ever been? Call Cypress Outdoor Adventures today at (954) 260-1096, or secure your spot online for an Everglades airboat ride of a lifetime!

Fun Facts About the American Alligator

Fun Facts About the American Alligator

Florida is full of beautiful, marshy landscapes and the creatures that inhabit by land, sea, and sky. We have some of the most interesting creatures in the United States thanks to our Everglades, and we’re responsible for protecting and bringing awareness about them to others. No matter where you’re from, if you love animals like we do, you haven’t yet lived until you get up close and personal with a 10-foot alligator!

The American Alligator is the Largest Reptile in North America

American alligators are native to—you guessed it— the southern United States. They are the largest of the reptilians, with their males growing up to nearly 10 feet in length and weighing up to 500 pounds. Female alligators are certainly no joke either at nearly 9 feet in length and weighing up to 200 pounds. You certainly wouldn’t want to tussle with a gator, that’s for sure. From a safe-enough distance away that the alligator feels you’re no threat to his home or nest, they are quite a sight to behold, swimming around the water like they own the place—because let’s face it, at 500 pounds they do!

American Alligators Can’t Sing a Note

While it’s not certain the American alligator couldn’t have a great singing voice, they unfortunately have no vocal chords. Instead, they communicate by creating deep bellows and roars. Depending on which, they can attract a mate or warn other alligators that they’re getting too close to their territory.

The Best Place to See an American Alligator is in the Florida Everglades

Even though American alligators roam throughout Louisiana, South Carolina, Alabama, and Texas, there’s only one place in the U.S. that can boast being number one hot spot in the count – the Florida Everglades. It is the best place to go when you’re looking for some good ol’ fashioned alligator watching.

Due to draining of their natural environments, you’d really have to keep your eyes peeled and hope luck’s on your side anywhere but Florida. Come ride across the Everglades, and watch them grow and thrive in their true natural habitat.

You May See an American Alligator on an Airboat Tour of the Everglades

Over 1.25 million of our nation’s 5 million alligators live in Florida alone, which is one of the reasons why these massive prehistoric creatures are the official Florida state reptile. This means there’s a great chance you’ll get to spot an alligator on your next airboat tour of the Everglades. Are you ready to get closer to nature than you’ve ever been? Call Cypress Outdoor Adventures today at (954) 260-1096, or secure your spot online for an Everglades airboat ride of a lifetime!