This burrowing reptile can be found in every county in Florida... Caladesi being the perfect place to live. In the wild, they live an average of 40-60 years while in captivity, they can live to be 100. These tortoises eat mostly gopher apples and prickly pear berries and use their strong legs and claws to dig burrows.more
There are three different hikes you can do on Caladesi. There are two loop trails....the Hammock Trail takes about an hour and a half to complete. You'll see maritime hammock, oak, red bay, sabal palm, and Southern red cedar, palmetto, and wax myrtle. Raccoons, gopher tortoises, and even the eastern diamondback rattlesnake call this home.more
There is a ferry that runs out of Honeymoon Island State Park . Adults are $8 and children are $4.50. ...under 4 are free. They run every half hour, BUT they stop running at different times throughout the week. When you purchase your ticket, they will tell you when the last ferry leaves Caladesi. You can take your own boat, too. You must call to reserve a slip! (Reserve America - 1-800-326-3521).
Eastern diamondback rattlesnakes are prevalent on the island. There are many places for them to hide. Take caution while hiking on the trails!