Meet the Stars of the Show!

Since the reptiles and amphibians are what we learn about, the programs wouldn't be complete without them! Here are some of the critters I bring with (though I don't want to give away all the surprises!):

Norbert (Tiger Salamander)

Norbert comes out when we're talking about the differences between reptiles and amphibians. He, like most salamanders, will eat pretty much anything that wiggles in front of his face. His favorite food is earthworms, which kids get to fill him up with at the program!


Janet (Bull Snake)

Janet was abandoned when his old owner moved out of their apartment. He was left alone with no food or water for months. He was very skinny when I first got him, but he has made a complete recovery and is now one of the nicest bullsnakes you'll ever meet!





Maze (Ouachita Map Turtle)

Maze is one of two turtles that I typically bring to programs (the other being a painted turtle). Kids get to see the difference between the two types, and feel the differences of their shells!


Ms. Piggy (Western Hognose Snake)

Ms. Piggy is our "senior citizen" of the group, clocking in at 8 years old. No worries though, as hognoses live upwards of 15 years in captivity! She may have been named after her pig-shaped nose, but she lives up to her name because she eats like a pig, too! She is usually the snake that kids get to feed at programs.



Vicky (Fox Snake)

Vicky’s thinner body shape makes her look very long and lanky. She’s an active snake that loves to burrow. When threatened, fox snakes rattle their tail to impersonate a rattlesnake!


Bacon and Sparkles (Western and Eastern Hognose Snakes)

Did you know we have two different types of hognose snakes in Minnesota? The Western is lighter in color with a more upturned nose. Can you tell which is which in the picture? Wisconsin primarily has the Eastern. Usually they take turns going to programs, but both can attend if requested! These were creatively named by kids in previous programs. :)

Twiggy (Common Garter Snake)

Twiggy is probably a snake that you’ve seen in your backyard. Garters are very common in the Midwest!

Candycane (Albino Nelson’s Milksnake)

This is our stunning milksnake! We use him as an example of color mutations in snakes. He sure is gorgeous! It's hard to believe that he was going to be euthanized because he refused to eat his first meal. It's a good thing we saved him!


Toothless (African Egg-Eating Snake)

This is a snake that has no teeth! Learn at the program how she can swallow eggs whole!