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West Palm Beach Everglades Tours Reptile Encounters

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West Palm Beach Everglades tours will take you away from the soft sand Beaches down to the natural wildlife of the Everglades. You will discover a change of scenery like you’ve never seen before, with plants and animals you will rarely get to catch in their natural environments. One aspect the Everglades is well known for is its reptile population. There are more than 50 species of reptiles that roam the Everglades natural park. Let’s look at the reptiles you have a chance to encounter on our West Palm Beach Everglades tours.

The cuter reptile – the Floria Box turtle

We will start softly with a friendlier reptile: the Florida box turtle. It looks like many other box turtles, with its highly domed shell. The points where it looks different are the yellow stripes on its carapace. Its plastron can also be yellow to black. It spends its time roaming, looking for small insects, and eating vegetables, fruit, and fungi. The Florida box turtle prefers wetlands and swamplands and spends a lot of time on land as it does not like to go in deep waters. 

The snake kingdom – the Burmese python

West Palm Beach Everglades tours will take you into the depths of the Everglades, where you might encounter the giant, imposing snake called the Burmese python. Native to Southeast Asia, it is an invasive and non-native specie that has been detrimental to other Everglades species since its introduction to Florida. The Burmese Python can grow up to 16 feet, so to say it is impressive is an understatement. You can recognize the Burmese python by its brown spots bordered by black lines.

West Palm Beach Everglades tours Alligator encounters 

If you are looking for the perfect representation of a reptile in its natural environment, then look no further. American alligators are incredible and remarkable creatures. They are large and beautiful, scary and fascinating all at the same time. Here is how you can spot an alligator: pay attention to the shape and color of its nose. If it has a U-shaped nose and a dull gray or dark olive body, it’s an alligator. Why do we say that? People often confuse alligators with their close cousin, the American crocodile.

West Palm Beach Everglades tours Crocodile encounters 

The American crocodile is another example of how nature can display the most impressive sight during West Palm Beach Everglades tours. It is how crocodiles differ from alligators: their nose is V-shaped, and their skin color is light grey-brown. The key to figuring out the difference is to look at that snout (don’t try to go for a ‘boop!’) and the color. Unlike its alligator cousin, which prefers freshwater environments, the crocodile enjoys freshwater and saltwater. Here’s a little fact: The Everglades in Florida is the only place where alligators and crocodiles coexist. Let that sink in.

Other reptiles of the Everglades

Going through all the 50+ reptile species of the Everglades would be a lengthy endeavor, too long for a short leisurely read. To shorten it, you can find more snakes, such as the Florida cottonmouth, the eastern diamondback rattlesnake, the eastern coral snake, and the eastern indigo snake, to name but a few snakes. On the cuter side, the Florida softshell turtle is a fantastic fellow to watch, and some other funny lizard types, such as the Green anole and the brown anole.

If you want to learn more about the reptiles you might encounter during our West Palm Beach Everglades tours, your best bet is to book your airboat ride and join the fun. We will always do our best, so you get to see as many reptiles and other animals as possible. We look forward to seeing you in West Palm Beach for the adventure of a lifetime!

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