Meet the Red-Eared Slider, with Katelyn Moore, Teacher Naturalist at Lichterman Nature Center
Red-eared sliders are turtles native to Mid-South lakes, ponds and streams normally staying very close to the water's edge and using logs/rocks and other materials to "sun-bathe" together in groups where they can easily "slide" back in to the water. Although males and females look similar, males have longer claws on front feet used in courtship displays by waving long claws in front of females while under water; females have longer claws on back feet to aid in digging a nest before egg laying. Native to the Southern U.S. and Northern Mexico, these turtles with the ability to live 20-40 years, have been well established all over the world due to pet releases becoming an invasive species in many areas where they outcompete other native species for resources and listed as one of the top 100 world's most invasive species according to the International Union for Conservation of Nature.
Meet the Corn Snake, with Katelyn Moore, Teacher Naturalist at Lichterman Nature Center
The corn snake is a non-venomous reptile and North American species of rat snake native to the Mid-South and seen often in grain fields, yards and meadow areas with tall grasses. The corn snake has a lifespan of 10-20 years and grows to the length of four to six feet in adulthood. It is debated whether the name, “corn snake,” comes from their belly scales which resemble kernels of corn or the fact that they are frequently spotted in grain fields eating the mice seeking the grain.
Meet the Virginia Opossum, with Katelyn Moore, Teacher Naturalist at Lichterman Nature Center
Virginia Opossums, native to the Mid-South area, historically lived in only forested areas but have habituated well with urban sprawl and development making themselves right at home in most backyards. Opossums are the only marsupial (pouched animal) in North America, also boasting the most amount of teeth at 50 when compared to other mammals on the continent. One opossum is able to eat 90% of the ticks they encounter, as many as 5,000 ticks in one season, decreasing the population of potential carriers of Lyme disease by creating a distinctly important niche in the ecosystem.
Behind the Scenes: Tammy Braithwaite, Registrar
Go behind the scenes with Tammy Braithwaite, the Registrar at the Pink Palace Museum. She'll show you "The Pit" where artifacts are stored when they aren't on display, some of her personal favorite artifacts, and talk about what it means to be a museum registrar.
Race to the End of the Earth - with Steve Masler, Pink Palace Museum, Manager of Exhibits
Join Steve Masler, Pink Palace Museum, Manager of Exhibits, on a digital tour of Race to the End of the Earth. The exhibit recounts one of the most stirring tales in the annals of Antarctic exploration, the contest to reach the South Pole. Discover the challenges that two legendary explorers—Roald Amundsen of Norway and Robert Falcon Scott from Great Britain—faced as they undertook their separate 1,800-mile journeys from the edge of the Ross Ice Shelf to the South Pole and back.