A Mixed Hardwood Swamp
Largo Nature Preserve. Located at 150 Highland SE Avenue in Largo, Florida. Hours: 6:30 a.m. to 1 hours before sunset daily.
A 31-acre nature park. Over 130 species of birds, otters, alligators, foxes, rabbits, wild turkeys, and bats. A nature preserve that is like a smorgasbord to the local wildlife! Over 40 interpretive displays to educate visitors on the wildlife in the nature preserve.
I was hoping to see an otter or two. No gators to be seen either. Next time!
A 5-mile kayak/canoe route begins at the park and ends at Park Boulevard.
- 3/4 mile asphalt trail for walking, biking and skating
- 2-story observation tower
- Picnic tables
No dogs are allowed in the nature preserve.
I enjoyed being able to walk on the boardwalk that goes all the way around the pond in the nature preserve.
The Anhingas were pretty active in swimming about as well as taking flight and landing in another part of the pond.
I was startled on one part of the boardwalk when I turned and there was a heron pretty much face-to-face with me – a little too close to nature – the wild need their space!
Water Flora & Fauna
A Unique Plant
A Bitter Melon, Bitter Gourd, Balsam Pear
A bitter vegetable. Not a pear, but a fruiting gourd and vine. Smells like an old, well-used gym shoe – Gross!
LOOK, but do not TAKE!!! Edible when green and cooked. TOXIC when orange ripe! It then splits into three parts, revealing red arils or fleshy seed covers.
Found Connecticut south to Florida to west to Texas. Also Puerto Rico and the Hawaiian Islands.
Closed & TOXIC!!!
Opened Up & Still TOXIC!!!
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(Photos by RSheridan)