Six Mile Cypress Slough Preserve

  • Posted: Wednesday, February 12, 2014, 7:57 pm

Cypress sloughCypress slough

The Six Mile Cypress Slough Preserve is located in Fort Myers, Florida. I had to look up the definition of slough which is prounounced "slew" and found that it is "a place of deep mud or mire." That sounds like fun!  OK, let's go!

Into the slough we goInto the slough we go

The slough has over 2.5 miles of boardwalk.

Yellow Rat Snake - a very, very long snakeYellow Rat Snake - a very, very long snake

This is a Southern Florida Yellow Rat Snake. Totally freaked out by how long this snake was. You can see its tail down in the lower right corner of the picture. I hate snakes.

The sloughThe slough

Surreally beautiful.

Found an alligatorFound an alligator

We found just one alligator in the slough. One was enough :-)

Cypress kneesCypress knees

Cypress knees are protrusions from the roots of a cypress tree.  

Cypress kneeCypress knee

Slough turtleSlough turtle

If you look closely, you'll see a turtle just hanging out.

Red flower Red flower

Red bromeliads growing attached to the tree trunk.  

Yep, there are feral pigs living in the sloughYep, there are feral pigs living in the slough

We stood on the boardwalk for quite a while watching the feral pigs. Feral pigs are actually a big nuisance in the slough. National Geographic wrote about the problem back in 2006 stating that during flooding season in the slough, the feral pigs seek drier ground in nearby neighborhoods. Definitely not good news for nearby homeowners since the pigs can destroy a lawn by rooting resulting in potentially thousands of dollars of damage.

Busy birdsWhite Ibises

White Ibises wading in the shallow water. 

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