Category Archives: Aquatic Housing Requirements

Moon Crab

Moon Crab  Latin Name Gecarcinus quadratus Order: Decapoda Family: Gecarcinidae The common name “moon crab” is sometimes used for other Gecarcinus species or crabs in the genus Cardisoma. G. quadratus is also commonly known as the Halloween crab.  Overview  As one of the most surprising, yet familiar arthropod species, land crabs can make very good ambassadors – but they can’t

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Winter 2020

Download Winter 2020 (01-27-2020) newsletter This issue includes: AMBASSADORS IN ACTION: Close Encounters of the Wild Kind: Linneaus Two-toed Sloth SHOW AND TAIL: Assessing 2.1 Straw Colored Fruit Bats (Eidolon helvum) for Ambassador Work SHOW AND TAIL: A Touching Experience (touch tanks) AMBASSADORS IN ACTION: Interpretive Tools for Incorporating Empathy into Live Animal Presentations SHOW AND TAIL: “Should I Stay

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Amphibians

Salamanders Spotted Salamander (Ambystoma maculatum) Tiger Salamander (Ambystoma tigrinum) Toads American Toad (Anaxyrus americanus) Colorado River Toad Oriental Fire-bellied Toad (Bombina orientalis) Marine Toad (Rhinella marina) Mexican Spadefoot Toad Puerto Rican Crested Toad Rococco Toad Woodhouse Toad (Bufo woodhousii) Pacman Frog (Ceratophrys ornata) Frogs African Bullfrog (Pyxicephalus adspersus) African Clawed Frog (Xenopus laevis) American Bullfrog Tomato Frog (Dyscophus spp.) Mossy Frog Ornate Horned Frog (Ceratophrys spp.) Pickerel Frog (Rana palustris) Poison Dart

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Western Pond Turtle

Order: Testudines Family: Emydidae Actinemys marmorata (Northwestern pond turtle) and Actinemys pallida (Southwestern pond turtle) Natural History Information Range and Habitat Historically found from southern British Columbia to northern Baja California, Western pond turtles once dominated freshwater systems throughout the west coast of North America (Germano and Bury 2001). Marshes, wetland sloughs, lakes and ponds were home to millions of

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Hermit Crab

Hermit Crab Latin Name Coenobita spp. Order: Decapoda Family: Note relevant information about latin name, close relatives, etc. Overview They are a nice way to be able to draw correlations to ocean invertebrates, since we don’t have any fish or other ocean or purely aquatic species in our collection. Easy to handle and not hard to care for, either, of

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American Alligator

Latin Name Alligator mississippiensisOrder: Crocodilia Family: Alligatoridae Natural History Information Range and Habitat American alligators are found in the southeastern United States: Alabama, Arkansas, North Carolina, South Carolina, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, Oklahoma, and Texas. They’re found in swamps, ponds, lakes, sluggish rivers, and marshes. Longevity Ecosystem Role As predators at the top of the food chain, they help control

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Fall 2017

Download the Fall 2017 (09-04-2017) News from the Ambassador Animal SAG Starting the Conversation: Trending Topics in Ambassador Animals Ambassadors in Action: The “Path” to Stardom for a Pair of Pelicans Ambassadors in Action Part Two: The Shark Cart Research Corner: Transport Protocol Study for Ectothermic Species Used in Outreach Programming at Akron Zoo Show and Tail: Working with a Mother-Reared Ambassador Serval

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