We've been here about five weeks now. In that time I've seen about 800,000 lizards. They startled me at first, but I'm getting used to them. I'm even finding them a little bit cute. If I ever step on one, I will freak, but so far, they seem pretty adept at darting in and about my flip flops.
I have yet to see an alligator, but I'm waiting. I think my realtor thinks I'm crazy as I ask repeatedly about where they may be lurking. Everytime I go to the apartment swimming pool, I'm looking for them, thinking they may have crawled in. And truthfully, I ALWAYS look in the toilet before sitting down, because I think I heard they can crawl in there.
But lizards and alligators I knew would be part of my entrance into the sunshine state. I've been preparing for these encounters. I know to run in a zig zag pattern if an alligator is pursuing me and that they can only run about 3 miles per hour. I can run faster than that.
What I wasn't prepared for literally jumped out at me today. A FREAKIN' HUGE ASS BLACK SNAKE. We were walking back from the pool, and this huge, black thing jumped out of a bush, twisting and turning in mid-air. I screamed--and miraculously the worst that came out of my mouth was "Oh crap!" as I grabbed PB and RAN. We circled the whole building to avoid going back that way. I searched for someone working there so I could tell them what I saw and so they could go...I don't know what they could do. I think I need to go Google how to survive a snake attack.