Friday, July 13, 2007

In Case You Didn’t Notice…It’s Hot!

You’ve got to know it’s hot when a cold-blooded reptile, like Jake the resident Greenish Rat Snake (Elaphe obsoleta x quadrivittata) at the Audubon Center at the Francis Beidler Forest, spends the day in her water dish (yes, she was named before the vet had a chance to check her internal mommy parts). Actually, it is not hot in the building, so Jake was likely simply enjoying a nice bath.

Just as proximity to the coast moderates the air temperature, the canopy of the swamp allows for noticeably cooler temperatures down on the forest floor. There is no escaping the humidity, but a stroll along the boardwalk through the old-growth forest remains a pleasurable experience.

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