Hello, Gator! On a Eco Swamp Tour in the Louisiana Bayous

Eileen Ogintz
August 17, 2014
Hello, Gator! On a Eco Swamp Tour in the Louisiana Bayous
The alligator certainly is. We're on a Pearl River Swamp Eco Tour in the Honey Island Swamp in Slidell on Louisiana's Northshore in St. Tammany Parish, about 40 minutes across Lake Pontchartrain from downtown New Orleans. Our guide, John Royen, who plays jazz piano on Bourbon Street at night, tells us the gators think the marshmallows are turtle eggs. We're relieved to hear they actually are good for their digestion. "I play with the alligators during the day and the lounge lizards at night," he jokes.
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