It sounds like a great place! I love to watch the wildlife, even the dangerous types. Snakes and gators don't bother me. Just be observant and give them their space. I grew up in Boca Raton and while water skiing in the many canals off the Intercoastal Waterway we would see a lot of gators and Manatees. While doing geology field mapping after college in West Texas I came across rattle snakes daily. Always hiked with a big stick and watched where I was stepping.