This month, I've been teaching a community workshop on "Snakes in Polk County." To my great surprise, my class has sold out or resulted in a full classroom at both locations! Why am I surprised? I didn't think so many people were interested in snakes. Clearly, I was wrong.
For that reason, I thought it might be helpful to post some of the information I discussed at my class here. Snakes are a fascinating group of critters but tend to evoke all levels of fear and trepidation in the average resident or tourist. Let me assure you... you scare them as well! Below, I've listed some of the information we cover in the class.
For more information on dealing with snakes in residential areas, check out the document series from University of Florida IFAS Extension.
Or, check out Florida Fish and Wildlife's website at:
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Both snake photos on this page were used under thecreative commons license 2.0 in an unaltered form. Clicking on either photo will take you to the source's Flickr page.
"Yes, general rule: it's never not a good idea to sail to Tortuga." - Captain Jack Sparrow
- The ferry ride is 2.5 - 3 hours long in good weather and you'll spend approximately 4 hours on the island.
- Bring your own non-drowsy motion-sickness medicine and start taking it at least 24 hours in advance. Trust me on that one...
- Bring and wear plenty of sunscreen. While you're at it, bring a hat and sunglasses as well.
- Trips are not cancelled for poor weather. Plan accordingly and go in good spirits. It rains in Florida, life goes on.
- It is illegal to fish or spear-fish in National Park waters. Don't do it.
Let's go somewhere.
First Time Homeowner
Words To The Wise