If you're playing/diving in Ginnie Springs or one of the other freshwater springs in the area, PLEASE DO NOT enter the caves/caverns unless you're trained for it. Too many untrained divers, including many an instructor who thought they'd done it all, have thought they could handle it, and ended up being brought out of the water feet first. If you are not a trained and certified cave diver do not enter the caves - chances are very good that you WILL DIE.
Keeping FOOD in your TENT: DUMB MOVE
If you put your food in your tent then the hungry coons will try to get inside and eat the food! You trunk is better or the tried and true way is to hang it from a tree. A possum or coon in most likely to break in to the tent. Snakes are here but if you watch where you step you should be OK.
The big danger here is TICKS- there is a rare tick borne disease here now worse than Lyme but treatable. Inspect for ticks after a walk in the woods.
Also bike riders are getting hit around her on road bikes. I took up kayaking.
This is not a dangerous part of the world IMHO.
In bear country which we are not hanging you food is essential. Here put it in the trunk of your car.
As with all natural springs...
As with all natural springs you must keep an eye out for wildlife. Remember you're in Florida and poisonous snakes are always lurking somewhere, especially near water... plus you've got the gator factor. Most natural springs are really well maintained in the public swimming areas and I have never heard of anyone getting attacked by a gator within the swimming boundaries. So keep an eye out for the signs that say 'No swimming beyond this point'. TIP: If you are camping you might want to consider keeping your food in durable containers and either inside your tent or in your vehicle especially at night. The racoons are notorious for plundering through campers coolers and eating everything in site.
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