Critter Corner

Critter Corner features our touch tank, home to several shovel nose sturgeon tank. Be sure to stop and see what these fish feel like!

Other residents of this exhibit space include a black-billed magpie, eastern fox snake, and hog nose snakes. Magpies are most commonly found west of the Rockies. Groups or “tidings” of magpies have also been sighted here in the Midwest. This intelligent bird is related to crows and ravens and is kept busy with a variety of enrichment games and toys. He is a natural mimic and just may say “Good Morning” to you while you visit.

The reptiles found in Critter Corner make appearances during GLA classes and the daily Creature Feature interpretive floor program. Fox snakes and hog nose snakes are found native to the Midwest.

Species You’ll See:


Mudpuppies are neotenic (permanent larvae)

Black Billed Magpie
Mimics bird and human sounds

Eastern Fox Snake
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