| From tickles the snake to wild and crazy parakeets ... be sure to visit our Critters exhibits for lots of fun. After that... stop by and see how big of a bubble you can make or try out our air cannon.
Tickles The Snake
Tickles is an Albino Corn Snake ?Elaphne guttatta. This snake is
found mainly in the Eastern United states from New Jersey to Florida
to Texas. In our area of Florida it is very common. The snake is
called a corn snake, not because it eats lots of corn, but because of
its coloration and belly scales which resemble Indian Corn.
The two Wentz scopes are the perfect way for kids to see parts of the
microscope world around them. With a viewing lens that is 4?across,
your family can examine over 50 slides including legs and wings from
various insects, different kids of hair from various animals and seeds
and pollen from the plant world around us.
Rosy The Tarantula
Rosie hails from the grasslands of Chile, which is a country of
drastic differences in weather and climate. Rosie feels on members of
the insect world around her. Her main method of attacking insects like
crickets are the two very long fangs which inject venom into her
The museum's Leopard Geckos make their home in Iran, Afghanistan,
Pakistan and parts of India. They live in deserts and very dry
grassland and their color matches the world they live in ?yellow and
dark brown. They are nocturnal animals. When grown, these lizards can
reach a length of nearly 2 feet. Being very docile, they make perfect pets.
Wild and Crazy Parakeets
The museums parakeets belong to the Parrots, which explains why they
are capable of talking. Most parakeets in the wild can be found in
Australia in a desert-like landscape where there are no regular rainy
seasons. These very colorful birds come in range of colors from blue,
gray, white and yellow.
A Piece of the Petrified Forest
During the depression in 1932, a 16 year old boy from our areas tucked
this piece of petrified wood from the Petrified Forest into his car.
During these economically lean years, the Petrified Forest was rarely
visited. Wood turns to stone when minerals replace rotting wood over
eons of time. This particular tree co-existed with the dinosaurs from
the Triassic era 225 million years ago.
This exhibit makes BIG BUBBLES up to 15 feet long. It is one of the most
fun and popular exhibit in the museum.
This exhibit shows how colors are reflected by bubbles by dipping
hollow squares into soapy liquids. When the squares are raised, they
are covered by square bubbles. As the pull of gravity decreases the
thickness of the square bubbles, visitors can see the bands of color
reflected by the soap change, eventually the film of soap turns
What makes airplanes stay in the air; this exhibit answers that
question. As visitor turns a switch on, a column of air is blown from
the top of the exhibit, suspending a rubber ball in the air. The air
being blasted up on all sides of the ball creates a low pressure
system, which in turn creates lift. This same phenomenon is what
pulls the top of the wing of an airplane in flight upward.
This exhibit demonstrates what scientists call the Law of the Conservation
of Momentum. The visitor drops a number of balls on a wire, ranging
from small to large, on a bowling ball. The momentum of the larger
balls on the bottom of the stack is transferred to the smaller ball on
top. But the smaller ball goes WAY higher than the larger balls.
Air is a gas with far less molecules than solids or liquids. But it is a
form of matter nonetheless. All matter can be compressed into a
smaller area. This exhibit shows what happens when the visitor hits a
large rubber drum head at the rear of the exhibit. Air rushes from a
small hole in the front of the exhibit and travels across space,
striking other objects with a wave of compressed air.