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Red-eared Slider at the Zoo:   Description   What do they eat? Algae, aquatic plants, snails, larvae, insects, crustaceans and small vertebrates. How long do they live? Average…

King Snake at the Zoo: Zeus Description Highly variable in appearance. Most commonly seen with alternating bands of black or brown and white or light yellow, including the…

Large and heavy-bodied snake which can reach 9 feet in length, but 4 feet is much more common. On its back are 33 to 66 light to dark brown or reddish blotches.

A medium-sized muscular snake with smooth, glossy scales, a faded or bleached-out appearance, and a short tail.

Rose Haired Tarantula at the Zoo: Rose Description Chilean rose tarantulas are calm, docile spiders native to desert scrub habitats in South America. They are fairly large with…

Bearded Dragons are 13 to 24 inches long, including the tail. They are appropriately named bearded dragons because of their “beard,” an expandable throat pouch with spikey scales. They have a broad, triangular head, round bodies, stout legs, and robust tails.

They are fairly small but sturdy lizards, and their common name, ‘leopard gecko’ refers to their spotted patterns, predominantly shades of yellow and brown. Their tails are long, about the same length as their torsos.

Box Turtle Shellbert

Box Turtles are mid-sized, terrestrial turtles – about 4-6”– with a high, rounded shell that is dark with many yellow or orange patches. The carapace pattern is variable and becomes less prominent with age. There are four toes on each hind foot.

African Pygmy Hedgehogs at the Zoo: Cholla – surrendered pet Quilliam – surrendered pet Description The African Pygmy Hedgehog (Atelerix albiventris), or four-toed hedgehog, is a tiny mammal…

The only marsupial found in North America. Marsupials are mammals who have pouches to carry their young. They’re roughly 2-3 feet in length and 5-15 pounds on average.