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 typical list of the animals we have available, not all are appropriate to bring to the variety of programs offered. In each cases, we ask that you trust us to make the appropriate choices, and final selection is left to the discretion of the environmental educator the day of the program.


See what animals we have below:


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
  • Sugar Gliders
  • Mice
  • Ferrets
  • Rabbits
  • Chinchillas


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
  • Quacker Parrot
  • Cockatiels
  • Silky Chickens
  • Bantam Chickens 
  • Red Rooster
  • Polish Tophat Chicken
  • Pekin Duck
  • Rouen Duck
  • Welsh Harlequin Duck


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
  • Pac Man Frog
  • White's Tree Frogs
  • American Toads
  • Yellow Barred Tiger Salamanders
  • Cane Toads


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
  • Hermanns Tortoise
  • Mud Turtle
  • African Spur Thigh Tortoises
  • Russian Tortoises
  • African Side Neck Turtle
  • Red-eared Sliders


  • Our snakes include:
  • Colombian Red Tail Boas
  • Costa Rican Boa
  • Florida Brooks King Snake
  • Gray Banded King Snake
  • Ball Pythons
  • Western Hognose Snake
  • Corn Snakes
  • Milk Snakes

Our lizards include:

  • Leopard Geckos
  • Fat Tail Geckos
  • Crested Gecko
  • Blue Tongued Skinks
  • Red Eyed Crocodile Skink
  • Bearded Dragons
  • Savannah Monitor
  • Green Tree Iguana

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
  • Asian Forest Scorpion
  • Rose Hair Tarantula
  • Arizona Blonde Tarantula
  • Sonoran Desert Millipedes
  • Stick Insects

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