Ross Baringer, a Louisiana summer in photos
Manchac Swamp Tour
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The American alligator is undoubtedly the most famous resident of Louisiana swamps. Hollywood has given this animal a monstrous reputation, and while it is a dangerous predator it tends not to be aggressive. Alligator attacks are rare.
One of the most common sounds heard in the swamp is the deep croak of a bullfrog. Just like their French ancestors, the Cajuns of Louisiana consider frog legs a delicacy.
Many swamps are dotted with little wooden houses meant to encourage ducks to nest there. Beneath each house there is an upside down cone to keep snakes out; however, this intrepid gray rat snake has taken advantage of high water to get access to the tasty eggs inside.