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A year ago I learned that the headwaters of the Everglades were in Orlando not the Keys and airboats were the best way to see wild, natural Central Florida. On my way back to the airport after another snowbird visit, I decided it was time for me to experience real Florida–its animals, birds, flora and plant life.
My initial experience, a 30 minute scenic nature day tour with Boggy Creek at its East Lake location, showed me cattle, turtles, snakes, birds, alligators. of course, and majestic eagles. The thrill of that remote, scenic 45 mph high speed ride over wetlands and swamps left me wanting more next trip.
Well, it is the next trip and the first call I made was to Boggy Creek, Southport to arrange for a one hour night life safari hunt of Lake Toho. Upon boarding a fan-propelled 17 passenger airboat, I realized finding any alligator in the dark and in the tall grass would be difficult.
Mature alligators have broad heads and small brains and measure about ten feet with tails are half this length. A few old ones have grown to 15 feet long and 1,000 pounds.They are a threatened not endangered species with a low survival rate because industry, building and tourism are changing their habitat along with the land.
Out of every average clutch nest of 38, only five reach maturity. Quick on land, faster in water, these predators grow about a foot each year until they reach six or seven. Beware: These strong, solitary reptiles can jump their body length and higher in deep water and swallow prey while on the hunt in one bite.
Dark swamps show differently than hot bright ones. Great guide, great ride real Florida wetland highlights included great blue heron, wild boar, and shy gators with gleaming red eyes. I can’t tell you how thrilled I was when our watercraft spotlight flashed on to several of these exotic nocturnal hunters on the prowl.
Looking back over many years and many past trips to Central Florida, I have only one regret that I did not see alligators in their natural habitat long before this. They were truly the highlight of my trip. Boggy Creek Airboat Rides are unforgettable. They are a must see. They are a spectacular natural attraction. Perhaps, next time it will be a 45 minute swamp excursion or a 60 minute scenic environment nature tour.
Open 364 days a year, Boggy Creek has two locations– Southport, 2001 E. Southport Road, Kissimmee, Florida 34746 and East Lake, 3602 Big Bass Road, Kissimmee, Florida 34744. You can find more information on their website, as well as on Facebook and Twitter.
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