As I have expressed on other occasions, we have always wanted to go on a professional swamp tour.
Not knowing which might be the best, we decided to go with Zam’s Swamp Tours. Yes, this is the dude(Diego) who was on Trading Spouses when they swapped moms with a California Vegan family. Hijinks ensued.
When we got there, Diego greeted us and told us to take a look around. There are animals all over the place: giant roosters, snakes, turtles, exotic birds, and about 10 thousand dead mullet on the surface of the bayou.
Seriously, the swamp was littered with tens of thousands of floating dead fish, most of them mullet. According to the folks at Zam’s, their deaths had something to do with oxygen depletion when the swamp water recedes, but I didn’t really understand. They admitted it was a rare phenomenon, but since we were 60 miles inland, I knew it had nothing to do with oil spills.
Make sure to get there early so you can chat with Diego and ZZ. Here was the dining room shack on the bayou where we ate lunch. Fried gator, shrimp poboys, and crawfish pies. Tasty. They say this shack gets 2 feet of flooding every year when the bayou gets high. That’s pretty annoying.
While waiting for our tour to begin, I perused the gift shop…
We went back on the porch and noticed that Diego had left his keys, a bottle of germ-x, and an unattended backpack on a picnic table with a live python in it.
Diego saw us eyeballing the snake and yelled across the road that it was ok for us to handle it.
“Go ahead and pick it up.”
Beckers did a little animal wrangling of her own.
These little guys are easy to handle and don’t hurt if they snap down on your finger.
We only saw a couple of small wild gators on the boat ride, but they had some serious monsters in a small pond on their property.
The guy told us this gator was over 100 years old. Apparently, the gator gets curious when a hose is sprayed on the water. Another technique to get him to come out is to try and swing at him with a stick. Listen in the video below when I tell the guy at 0:23, “Yeah, I think you should hit him again.” Awesome.