Our Animals

The Nature of Things houses hundreds of live animals. Our "co-workers" help enhance our environmental education.  We teach programs about a wide variety of reptiles, amphibians, mammals, birds, and insects.  Many of these animals are available for our school education programs or even your child’s special birthday party!

*Please note that even though this is a comprehensive list of all of our animals, not all of these animals are appropriate to bring to all programs.  In these cases, it is left to the discretion of the environmental educator

 

See what animals we have below:

Mammals

A mammal is an animal whose babies are born alive. The babies are fed milk from the mother’s body.  A mammal has a backbone and well-developed brain.  They also have fur or hair and are warm-blooded (they make their own heat).

Our mammals include:

  • Gerbils
  • Teddy Bear Hamsters
  • Guinea Pigs
  • African Pygmy Hedgehogs
  • Short Tail Opossum
  • Sugar Gliders
  • Spiny Mice
  • Mice
  • Hairless Rats
  • Ferrets
  • Rabbits
  • Chinchillas
Birds

A bird is an animal that has feathers.  It is warm-blooded, hatches from an egg, and has a backbone.  It has a beak, two legs and two wings.

Our birds include:

  • Zebra finches
  • Ring Neck Doves
  • Rock Doves
  • Meyers Parrot
  • Senegal Parrot
  • Cockatiels
  • Silky Chickens
  • Bantam Mixed Rooster (red)
  • Crevecour Rooster
  • Bantam Hen
  • Polish Hen
  • Pekin Duck
  • Gadwall Duck
  • Blue Swedish Duck
Amphibians

An amphibian is an animal that lives a “dual life” in the water and on the land.  Frogs, toads, and salamanders are all amphibians that lay clear jelly-like eggs in water.  When the babies hatch, they must live in the water because they have gills to breathe.  As they grow and change, they use their lungs to breathe which enables them to live on land as well as in the water.  Amphibians have very distinct and changing life cycles called metamorphosis.  These animals also absorb water through tiny pores in their skin.

Our amphibians include:

  • Fire Belly Toads
  • African Clawed Frogs
  • Tomato Frogs
  • Red Eye Tree Frog
  • Red Legged Running Frog
  • Pac Man Frog
  • White's Tree Frogs
  • American Toads
  • Yellow Barred Tiger Salamanders
  • Cane Toads
Reptiles

There are different kinds of reptiles.  Turtles, tortoises, snakes, lizards, and even dinosaurs are reptiles.

Our turtles & tortoises include:

  • Red Foot Tortoise
  • Eastern Box Turtles
  • Three Toed Box Turtle
  • Musk Turtles
  • Yucatan Wood Turtle
  • Hingeback Tortoise
  • Hermanns Tortoise
  • Mud Turtle
  • African Spur Thigh Tortoises
  • Russian Tortoises
  • African Side Neck Turtle
  • Red-eared Sliders
  • Map Turtle

    Our snakes include:
  • Colombian Red Tail Boas
  • Albino California King Snake
  • California King Snake
  • Ball Pythons
  • Western Hognose Snake
  • Gray-banded King Snake
  • Rosy Boa
  • Corn Snakes
  • Florida King Snake
  • Milk Snakes

Our lizards include:

  • Flying, Golden, and Carrot Tail Geckos
  • Leopard Geckos
  • Fat Tail Geckos
  • Crested Gecko
  • Blue Tongued Skinks
  • Armadillo Lizard (very small)
  • Bearded Dragons
  • Argentine Tegu
Creepy Crawlies

Insects, arachnids, mollusks, and crustaceans are among some of the many different kinds of "Creepy Crawlies." 

Our creepy crawlies (insects, arachnids, crustaceans) include:

  • Crickets
  • Madagascar Hissing Cockroaches
  • Emperor Scorpion
  • Rose Hair Tarantula
  • California Ebony Tarantula
  • Pink Toe Tarantula
  • Various Exotic Millipedes
  • Stick Insects

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