Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary Blog

Opo Taxi

Gator Boy Toy?

Do nesting gators have Boy Toys? Its the only explanation I have been able to come up with. Hopefully some of the local gator biologist will be able to weigh in on this behavior. The big gator is the one that has been guarding the nest.

More Otter

July at the Bear Tree

The trail cameras have not photographed a panther since June 13, 2017. Bears however have been plentiful. 

When Lunch Fights Back

Otter Party

North American river otter (Lontra canadensis)

Communication among North American river otters is accomplished mainly by olfactory and auditory signals. Scent marking is imperative for intergroup communication. The river otter scent-marks with feces, urine, and anal sac secretions.

River otters can produce a snarling growl or hissing bark when bothered, and a shrill whistle when in pain. When at play or traveling, they sometimes give off low, purring grunts. The alarm call, given when shocked or distressed by potential danger, is an explosive snort, made by expelling air through the nostrils. River otters also may use a birdlike chirp for communication over longer distances, but the most common sound heard among a group of otters is low-frequency chuckling.

Red Shouldered Hawk with lizard

Gator Nest

Its nesting season for alligators. There are two nests at Corkscrew that we know about.

Nest one has a very protective mother. She is unhappy with my presence any where in the area.

Nest two  has a very vigilant mother. She is a bit more tolerant, as long as I stay away from her nest.

Trail cameras work best if they are about ten feet from the subject. Mom number two is ok with that. Mom number one, not so much.


Nest rebuilding after a rain.

Interlopers at the nest are not tolerated!

The Rains Are Back

Since June 1st. Corkscrew has had 27 inches of rain. That is an all time new record for the whole month of June and we have two more weeks left in the month!  The video below shows how the swamp can change in 48 hours.

Corkscrew Panther Family June 2017

The panther family has spent the last several weeks moving between Eagle Island, the Fish Farm and Little Corkscrew Island. All of the kittens have been photographed out on their own. The two male kittens have also been photographed with their mother. 

There is an interesting video of Mom watching an opossum. This is not the first time we have gotten video of a panther passing on an opossum dinner!

The TrailCam Tuesday video below from Donna and Brian Hampton showed more of the panther family.

© Ralph Arwood 2017