Right out the door of the nature center by #1 on the boardwalk, we spotted (pun intended) five Spotted Turtles (Clemmys guttata) basking on a log.
At the Meeting Tree (#4), the bright orange-red of a large Red-bellied Water Snake (Nerodia erythrogaster erythrogaster) caught our attention.
By #5, a Greenish Rat Snake (Elaphe obsoleta x quadrivittata) could be seen catching some sun within its Bald Cypress-cavity den.
Passing #8 and the sign showing the five species of snakes, we noted that the vultures still have not (previous entry) managed to access the dead White-tailed Deer (Odocoileus virginianus).
As we approached the T-intersection that leads to Goodsen Lake (left) or the center (right), we saw a group of visitors watching birds. It was quite a vocal group of bird species. On closer inspection, we spied the Greenish Rat Snake sunning 20 feet up in a tree. The community of birds that were expressing their displeasure to the snake included at least one of the following species: Carolina Chickadee, Tufted Titmouse, Black-and-white Warbler, Pine Warbler, Yellow-rumped Warbler, Blue-headed Vireo, Eastern Phoebe, Downy Woodpecker, Red-bellied Woodpecker, and Carolina Wren.
Along the education platform at Goodsen Lake, a pair of Brown Water Snakes (Nerodia taxispilota) shared a cypress knee, an Eastern Cottonmouth was in a coil outside its cypress-tree den, and another Brown Water Snake was sunning on the steps leading to the water.