Come to our animal feedings every Saturday at noon at the Nature Center!

Animal Room

African Pygmy Hedgehog (Atelerix albiventris)

Name: Nina

Did you know that hedgehogs and porcupines are actually not directly related to each other? The closest relative to a hedgehog are shrews!

African Ringneck Doves (Streptopelia risoria)

Names: Dalia, Jobe, Peach

Ringneck Doves got their name from the band of dark feathers that runs along the back of their neck.

Ball Python (Python regius)

Name: Koosh

Ball pythons coil themselves into a ball when they feel threatened. If they are very scared they will tuck their head into the center of the coils in order to protect it.

Blue-tongue Skink (Tiliqua scincoides)

Name: Cami

Blue-tongue skinks have a blue tongue to deter predators. Bright colors in the wild normally mean that an animal is poisonous or venomous. Blue-tongue skinks are not poisonous or venomous, but their tongues trick the predator into thinking they are.

Canary Finch (Serinus canaria)

Names: Groban, Celine

Canaries are well known for their beautiful trilling song. Groban loves to sing to Celine, and visitors can often hear him!

Chinese Box Turtle (Cistoclemmys flavomarginata)

Name: Gui

Gui is our oldest animal in the collection! She is estimated to be between 60-70 years old.

Common Toads (Bufo bufo)

Toads can secrete a poison from special glands on the back of their head to deter predators.

Corn Snake (Elaphe guttata guttata)

Name: Maize

Corn snakes got their name because they are often found in corn fields. They help farmers by eating the rodents that feed on the corn crops.

Eastern Box Turtle (Terrapene carolina carolina)

Name: Mort

Eastern box turtles can live over 50 years, and Mort is at least 35 years old! His favorite things to eat are blueberries and strawberries.

Eastern Milksnake (Lampropeltis triangulum triangulum)

Name: Milkbone

Milksnakes are sometimes mistaken for rattlesnakes because they have a similar coloration and pattern on their bodies. Milksnakes will also mimic rattlesnakes by coiling up and vibrating their tail against dry leaves to create a rattling sound.

Eastern Painted Turtle (Chrysemys picta picta)

Name: Sherwin

Eastern painted turtles are very common in the central NY area. They can often be seen basking on logs in ponds and streams.

Elongated Tortoise (Indotestudo elongata)

Name: Fiono

Elongated tortoises were named for their narrow shell. Fiono was found by the side of the road, luckily he was not hit by a car!

Eyelash Crested Gecko (Rhacodactylus ciliates)

Name: Sheilo

Crested geckos have unique feet. The bottoms of their feet and toes are small flaps of skin with barbs, which make them able to climb vertical surfaces.

Leopard Geckos (Eublepharis macularius)

Names: Gaia, Gita

Leopard geckos can store fats in their tail. Their thick broad tails also look like false heads, which can trick predators into biting the wrong end of the gecko.

Malayan Box Turtle (Cuora amboinensis)

Name: Jasmine

Box Turtles are unique because they have a hinged shell. Their plastron (bottom shell) can pull up to completely to hide their limbs, tail, and head.

North American Millipedes (Orthoporus ornatus)

Millipedes play a very important role in the food web because they are decomposers. Ecosystems need decomposers to break down plant and animal matter.

Russian Tortoise (Agrionemys horsfieldii)

Name: Timothy

Do you know the difference between turtles and tortoises? Turtles live mostly in water, and tortoises like Timothy live on land.

Snapping Turtle (Chelydra serpentina)

Name: Jaws

Snapping turtles have powerful jaws to make up for their smaller carapace, or shell.

Southern Flying Squirrels (Glaucomys volans)

Names: Amelia, Ace, Red Baron

Flying squirrels don't actually fly. They glide using a special membrane of skin that runs along their sides called the pantagium.

Western Hognose Snake (Heterodon nasicus)

Name: Wilbur

Wilbur is our only venomous snake in our collection. However, his venom only works on amphibians, so it has no effect on humans.

Outdoor Enclosures

Red Fox (Vulpes vulpes)

Name: Daisy

Daisy was born in captivity in 2012 and sold as a pet. She was raised in a house with children and dogs, but the family could not keep her because they were moving. Due to the fact that she was born in captivity, Daisy cannot be released into the wild. She is very friendly and loves greeting visitors that come to see her!