Southern Highlands County is the southern extent of the ancient coastline of Florida. Today, the sandy scrub-covered dunes are refuge for dryland plants and animals in a landscape prone to vast wetlands and sea level rise. Two of these creatures were discovered during a recent film production trip for ‘Archbolds Nature Trail’, a virtual video exploring Archbold Biological Station. The adorable Gopher Tortoise hatchling and one of America’s largest snakes, the non-venomous Eastern Coachwhip, persist in their natural habitat now protected by Archbold Biological Station. As in many trips into nature, the route was slow and full of surprises. Watch this surprising moment by Into Nature Films.

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