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Program Animals

In the Learning Center, we have our Wildlife Room that houses a wide variety of reptiles and amphibians. Stop by and visit with our bearded dragons, snakes, turtles, and more.

These fascinating animals are used in many of our programs and birthday parties. Please contact a member of our staff to arrange a memorable program.

  • Eastern Box Turtle

    This species of tortoise is native to the Eastern United States ranging from southern Maine to Florida along the East Coast, and west to Michigan, Illinois, eastern Kansas, Oklahoma, and Texas and can live to be over 100 years old.

  • Eastern Painted Turtle

    These beautiful turtles are Connecticut's most numerous turtle species and can also be found from coast to coast through the northern United States and southern Canada, south to the Gulf of Mexico from Louisiana to southwestern Alabama.

  • Russian Tortoise

    A small tortoise species, with a size range of 13–25 cm (5–10 in). Females grow slightly larger (15–25 cm [6–10 in]) to accommodate more eggs. Males average 13–20 cm (5–8 in). They can live more than 40 years, if they are raised on a lean, high-fiber diet, captive-raised animals in low-stress environments they can have a higher life expectancy.

  • Three-Toed Box turtle

    This North American tortoise is native to the Mississippi River Valley from northern Missouri southward across southeastern Kansas and eastern Oklahoma into south-central Texas, and southeastward across western Tennessee and Georgia to the coastal lowlands.

  • Plated Lizard

    This lizard is native to the rocky desert of Sudan. They have been known to reach 45–70 cm (16 to 28 inches) in length, where the tail is less than half the length and can live up to 10 years in captivity. These omnivores (eat both meat and vegetation) are active during the day and eat […]

  • leopard gecko

    Leopard Gecko

    These small nocturnal lizards, adult females are typically 7 to 8 inches and males are 8 to 10 inches, are native to the rocky deserts and scrubby areas of South-central Asia. They have been known to live 15-20 years in captivity Their natural diet includes: insects such as crickets, mealworms, and locusts – Here we […]

  • Gargoyle Gecko

    These nocturnal lizards are native to the lower levels of New Caledonia tree trunks and reach 4-5 inches in length and living up to to 15 years. Their diet consists of fruit, nectar, insects, small invertebrates, and even small mammals like baby mice – Here we feed ours baby food

  • Rose Tarantula

    This species of tarantula is fairly large, hardy, and docile (tame). Native to Bolivia, Northern Chile, and Argentina – they can be found in desert and scrub land habitats. This species of arachnid can reach a leg span of 4.5 – 5.5 inches with a lifespan of 15+ years (males have a much shorter lifespan). […]

  • Pueblan Milksnake

    These beautiful Non-poisonous snakes are often mistaken for the poisonous Coral Snake. Their patterning is reversed, just remember "Red touches yellow, kill a fellow, red touches black. okay Jack" to tell the difference.

  • Hognosed Snake

    In May 2013, Amélie joined our menagerie. She is still too small to live in the Wildlife Room with everyone else, so she is currently living in Ann’s office. On your next visit, stop in and say “HI”. To read more about Amélie, please click here.