A Prince of A Guy (Gecko)

August 5, 2009 at 7:39 pm Leave a comment

charmingDid you know? Fernbank Museum has a collection of nearly 40 live animals, including snakes, turtles, lizards, and insects.

We’d like to introduce you to “Prince Charming,” one of our leopard geckos. These small lizards are native to the arid ecosystems of the Middle East.

Charming, as we call him, joined our collection in 2008.  He joined our two adult female leopard geckos and was apparently a big hit. In fact, both females began laying eggs about 3 months later. Of the eggs, 2 hatched successfully, adding to our collection. Now, he has a deluxe enclosure all to himself with several places to hide, bask, play or hunt his favorite food, crickets. Though a few of our other lizards feel threatened by Prince Charming, he’s pretty laid back and goes with the flow. 

During the day, Prince Charming often naps, typical of his nocturnal nature, coming out of a hiding place only to check out what we’re doing when staff reach into this tank to change water bowls or offer food. He eats a combination of mealworms, earthworms, superworms, crickets and occasionally cockroaches. 

Our live animals live on the Museum’s staff level as part of our education collection, used most often for outreach programs and field trip programs for school-age youth. We also do live animal encounters afternoons for guests at the museum. Stop by our Naturalist Center to check if there is an encounter during your visit! 

 Lynn Anders, Animal Care Coordinator

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At Fernbank Museum, there’s much more than dinosaurs and giant-screen films. Even with our website, e-newsletters, Facebook pages and Twitter updates, there’s still a lot we’d like to share with you. This blog is an opportunity for the people that keep Fernbank running and constantly expanding, to share stories from their point of view. We hope you’ll enjoy these first-hand, behind-the-scenes glimpses of what goes into keeping a world-class natural history museum running. As always, we’d love to hear your feedback on these stories, to hear your personal experiences and hear any suggestions for topics. Happy reading!

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