September 23, 2015
The museum's living collection within the Discovery Center frequently changes — to keep diversity within our science education offerings and to properly care for resident reptiles or sea life that outgrow their habitats.
This fall, our American alligators outgrew their aquarium and returned to Colorado Gators Reptile Park. Five diamondback terrapins moved into the space next to Chomper, our snapping turtle.
These tiny (measuring less than two inches across the top shell) active young turtles are part of the more than 200 turtles the museum cared for last year after they were rescued by the U. S. Fish and Wild Service. After a recovery period, Fish and Wildlife authorized the turtles' placement in educational institutions around the U.S., including the Anchorage Museum.
The terrapins expand the museum’s ability to compare and contrast the ways animals adapt in diverse environments. In turn, these adaptations provide insight into human adaptations across the world, including in the North.
Animal demonstrations take place at 1 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday in the Discovery Center.