Paddling along the west side of the Florida peninsula we veer left at the southern curve keeping the open water to our right. Eventually we reach a beach. Not a beach in the traditional sense, but rather a clearing of mud and mangrove roots. I get out in the shallow water and pull the boat ashore when a brown snake slithers out of an unseen hole. I jump, but the foot long, inch wide snake slides away from me and in to the water swimming away, reminding it is not just the alligators you should be wary of.
Tails From The Everglades