What did you discover today?

Through outreach programs, we explore topics such as animal adaptations, take a close up look at real fossils, travel through the solar system and discover what’s in our own backyards.

Ask your child: what did they discover today?

We hope you can visit us soon at the museum!

Meet Sheldon the Three-Toed Box Turtle

  • Arrived at the museum: 2012
  • Native Range: Midwest United States
  • Diet: omnivorous—weeds, berries, insects, worms
  • Lifespan: 40-50 years

Meet Clementine the Bearded Dragon

Bearded dragons have relatively good vision, but since their eyes are on the sides of their heads, their depth perception is poor. They also have a “third eye”, the parietal eye, on top of their head that helps detect light and dark.

Meet Holly the Russian Tortoise

To survive harsh winters, they will stay burrowed underground for up to 9 months of each year. Tortoises hibernate during the winter and estivate (a period of dormancy) during hot summers. Tortoises in general are avid burrowers and can dig large burrows around 2 meters long.

Meet the Hermit Crab

Hermit crabs can have shell exchange parties, and will gather in large numbers to trade shells

Meet the Madagascar Hissing Cockroaches

Hissing cockroaches get their name from the hissing sound they make when threatened. They “hiss” by forcing air through small holes in their bodies called spiracles.

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