The fresh water marsh is home to a diverse group of mammals, birds, reptiles, and amphibians. The most visible species are great blue herons and American egrets that wade in the water and hunt for fish and frogs. Alligators may be seen in the more open waters along the edges of the marsh. Common snapping, red-bellied, and eastern painted turtles sun themselves on logs just above the surface of the water. Water snakes and cottonmouth or water moccasins slither along the surface of the water. Southern leopard frogs hop along the shorelines. Mammals such as raccoons, muskrats, otter and mink hunt or rest throughout the marsh.