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This common toad uses its long sticky tongue to catch the insects that make up its diet.

The Hognose snake plays dead when threatened by a predator and  produces an odor that smells like a rotten dead animal!

 

The Bullfrog is the largest frog in North America.  It's favorite food is other frogs!

 

The harmless Milk Snake has the same warning color as the deadly Coral Snake. This "mimicry" protects it from predators.  

Creepy Crawly Scaly Slimy

Real live animals illustrate the incredible diversity of the animal kingdom in this awesome presentation that can be tailored to fit any age group. The program features live arthropods, amphibians, reptiles and mammals to compare some of the amazing adaptations and life cycles found in animals and to show how scientists group animals based on their similarities and differences. For example, amphibians lose water through their moist slimy skin while the dry scaly skin of reptiles is a waterproof . This protect reptiles from drying out and makes them better adapted for living on land. The magic of video technology enhances this program with live close-up views, videos clips and pictures. An ordinary tarantula can be transformed into a monster that fills a six-foot screen right before your very eyes! 

 

Grade Levels: K-2, 3-5, 6-8, 9-12

Science Concepts:  Animal groups, life cycles, classification, adaptation, biological change.

Animals Featured:  Tarantula, Scorpion, Hissing Cockroach, Crayfish, Hermit Crab, Bull Frog, Giant Toad, Tiger Salamander, Box Turtle, Monitor Lizard, Boa Constrictor, American Alligator specimen

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Lizards, Snakes, and other Reptiles

This program uses live animals to show reptile characteristics and adaptations with a special emphasis on snakes and lizards which account for 95% of the reptile species alive today, are closely related, and belong to the same reptile group.  It examines a variety of adaptations including tails that break off, tongues used for smell, and teeth that inject venom.  Video technology shows live close-up views of the leftover leg bones in the Boa along with video clips of a Skink’s tail coming off as a defense and a snake swallowing prey that is bigger than its head.  The content of the program can be tailored to fit any age group.   

 

Grade Levels K-2, 3-5, 6-8, 9-12

Science Concepts Biological change, diversity, animal classification, adaptations, life cycles.

Animals Featured Green Iguana, Bearded Dragon, Veiled Chameleon, Uromastix Lizard, Common Skink, Monitor Lizard, Boa Constrictor, Milk Snake, Hognose Snake, Black Rat Snake, venomous snake specimens

Exotic Aquatic and Back Yard Creatures

Travel from your own back yard to exotic ecosystems around the world with the live animals featured in this exciting presentation. The hour-long program compares different ecosystems and the animals that live in them, focusing on adaptations that help animals survive in their environment.  It also examines human impact on the environment and extinction. Video technology enhances this program with close up views of the adaptations along with video and pictures that illustrate the different ecosystems and habitats the animals live in.  

 

Grade levels:  3-5, 6-8, 9-12

Science Concepts:   Ecosystems, habit, adaptation to the environment, human impact on the environment, extinction, and diversity.

Animals Featured:  Green Iguana, Boa Constrictor, Monitor Lizard, Bearded Dragon, Garter Snake, Black King Snake, Black Rat Snake, Box Turtle, Softshell Turtle, African Clawed Frog, Bullfrog, Common Toad.

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Cold Blooded Killers and Scaly Survivors

Energy is essential for survival and wild animals are linked together in a constant struggle to find food and to avoid being eaten.  This program focuses on the amazing adaptations  that that enable predators to capture prey and those that protect prey from predators.  Live animals are used to bring these adaptations to life, to illustrate the food chain, to explain natural selection, and to demonstrate interdependence.  The video technology which enhances this program includes some awesome video clips of the animals catching and eating prey and a live view of pond plankton through a video microscope.  

 

Grade Levels: 3-5, 6-8, 9-12

Science Concepts: Predator and prey adaptations, natural selection, biological change, reproductiion and heredity, food chains, food webs, biotic factors, interdependence, and mimicry.

Animals Featured:   Milk Snakes, Corn Snakes, Green Iguana, Box Turtle, Hognose Snake, American Toad, Common Snapping Turtle, King Snake, Plankton.

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Students enjoy a close encounter with a Snapping Turtle.

Using technology to show the Monitor Lizard's tongue.

 

Rave reviews for the animal programs

“Excellent use of technology to display the animals. Perfectly aligned with Core Content for CATS. The students enjoyed every second!” J.H.– 3rd grade teacher, Daviess County, KY

“Wonderful educational presentation.  The video clips are awesome!  The kids loved it!” K.B.-4th grade teacher, Hancock County, KY

"Fantastic program!  Magnifying tongues, scales, toes, etc. lets the students get a view the wouldn't normally see."  B.K.-3rd grade teacher, Evansville, IN

“Excellent presentation. Explanations were easy to understand.” S.M.– 4th grade teacher, Jefferson County, KY

“The animals provide examples that will stay with the students long after they have forgotten what we have read and discussed in class.” S.T.–4th grade teacher, Logan County, KY

"Interesting program!  The use of various technologies was an added bonus.  Great job of showing different adaptations."  J.M.-4th grade teacher, Hardin County, KY

"Extremely informative and entertaining.  The presentation held the attention of all the students-old and young alike.  I highly recommend it as an educational experience that students will love."  K.B.- 7th grade teacher, Louisville, KY

“Outstanding! We will definitely invite you back.” L.H.-elementary principal, Evansville, IN