The main event was holding their pine snake, Precious. I had never held a snake before and it was so neat! Her belly was cold and felt like glass! Lori said she is the sweetest snake. She is the one they put around kid's necks when they come to the center.
Seriously awesome. I never really thought before about how a snake is basically one big muscle. She was surprisingly strong! And seems so curious! I thought I would be scared to do it, but once I saw her sweet little face I wasn't scared at all!
And this is a glass lizard. It is a lizard with no legs. When she was telling us about it I was thinking "Uhhh isn't that just a snake?" But it seems so obvious when you actually see it. They can lose their tail just like a skink, and they blink, which snakes don't do.
We went for a walk on their trail too. It is so interesting being somewhere so different from what I am used too. The ground, the trees, the plants, the wild life, pretty much everything.
After we left the wild life center we went to Blue Springs State Park. In the winter manatees hang out in the spring because it is warmer than the river. I had been swimming there in the summer about 10 years ago and it was awesome. But I really wanted to see a manatee! You can keep up with their count on their website and see how many manatees are there every day! Sadly the weather had been warm lately so most of the manatees were out in the river. The sighting board only said 3 manatees, instead of over 100 like I was hoping.
The spring isn't huge so it doesn't take a super long time to walk all along it. I was getting bummed thinking I wouldn't get to see a manatee.
And there he is coming up for air! It was so cool. I wish there had been more, but just seeing this one dude made the drive worth it! Apparently you can download a guide and identify a lot of them by the scars on their backs from getting hit by motorboats. So sad.
Travis is obviously a manatee fan. Haha, actually someone who used to tattoo him was like "Look at this hilarious flash, I'll do this for free on anyone who will get it!" and of course Travis did it. When he showed it to me, I could just see the flames at first and I said, "That better not be a flaming skull!"