Featuring our animal care team, get a behind-the-scenes look as they care for our ambassador animals at the Nature Center.

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Conservancy Naturalist Nerissa is back to teach you a little about spider crabs - also known as decorator crabs. They like to decorate themselves with shells, algae, and pieces of food for camouflage.





Check in with Nerissa to learn about fighting conchs! This type of snail has an operculum, which acts as an arm, to flip themselves over if they find themselves upside down. They use a siphon to eat algae and other organisms found on the bottom of the seafloor.





Join Nerissa as she introduces you to Timon - one of our baby American alligators at the Conservancy's Dalton Discovery Center. When you're done watching the video, put your new knowledge of alligators to the test with a short quiz about the animals!

Click here to take the quiz.





Did you know striped hermit crabs can live without water for days? Another cool fact is that as these animals grow, they will switch to bigger shells. Watch the video to learn more from Tonya, our education programs coordinator.





Did you know eastern indigo snakes will eat venomous snakes? Watch the video to learn more cool facts about these beautiful animals from Conservancy Education intern Erin!




Diamondback Terrapin

Diamondback terrapins like to eat things like shrimp, crabs, snails and small fish. Learn more cool facts about these animals as Conservancy Naturalist Nerissa introduces you to Muffin - one of our ambassador animals here at the Conservancy Nature Center!

Click here to see the activity that accompanies this video.





The lightning whelk typically lives in shallow waters under sandy or muddy substrate. These animals will lay long strings of capsules with up to 100 eggs in each capsule! Click below for more cool facts about lightning whelks.





Did you know horseshoe crabs have 10 eyes? These animals have been around for over 450 million years. They also lack hemoglobin, which means their blood is blue and that blood is very important in the biomedical industry.

Watch the video below for more cool facts about horseshoe crabs!





The barred owl is a generalist feeder, and, while pursuing rodents of all types, will also eat other birds, insects, fish, reptiles, crustaceans and amphibians. As with all owls, the barred owl's eyesight is exceptional, and it can see its prey in dim light many hundreds of feet away.

Do you know how to tell the difference between the barred owl and the barn owl? Click here to find out!




Touch Tank Adaptations

Consider the adaptations of each of the following touch tank critters. An adaptation is any characteristic, behavior, structure, or function that helps an organism survive in its environment. Sketch the habitat each animal lives in, then consider the challenges each animal might face within their habitat.

Click here to access the lesson plan that goes along with the video!




Yellow Rat Snake

Yellow Rat Snakes are a native snake to Florida. They eat a variety of rodents, and live in multiple habitat types. You can see him at the Dalton Discovery Center when we re-open to the public!

You've met our yellow rat snake, now learn about our red rat snakes; one of them is albino!




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