Endangered species and endangered habitat often go hand-in-hand. Okefenokee’s longleaf pine forests shelter gopher tortoises, eastern indigo snakes, Bachman’s sparrows, and red-cockaded woodpeckers. Trees with white paint rings indicate cavity trees of these endangered woodpeckers, and are visible along the entrance road and Swamp Island Drive. Gopher tortoises dig burrows under or near the entrance road as well, where they graze in spring and summer. Where there’s water, there are alligators. If you look closely you may even hear or see babies. Keep your distance – Mama Gator is a very protective parent! Take a boat ride into the swamp to see turtles, birds, and more.