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Resident Animals

Nina the Eastern Box Turtle: Nina- Eastern Box Turtle-[Terrapene carolina]-  This turtle is local and is permanently disabled.  She cannot be released into the wild.  This turtle lives on land all the time, its’ beautiful top shell (carapace) is camouflaged to the sun dappled leaves on the forest floor.  Turtles do not have teeth; they have a sharp beak for cutting their food. One of Ninas’ favorite treats to eat is earthworms!  Box turtles are listed as of "Special Concern" in Massachusetts.  The Mass. Fish and Wildlife Dept. gave us a special permit to house her here.  She was donated Oct. 14, 2003, as an adult.

Fannie:  Fannie is also an Eastern Box Turtle.  She was donated to us by Cape Wildlife in June 0f 2014.

Leonardo the 3-Toed Box Turtle:  Leonardo-Three-toed Box Turtle [Terrapene triunguis]- Leo is an omnivore, which means he eats meat, fruits and vegetables.  Three-toed box turtles can be found from Missouri, south to Alabama and Texas.  His habitat is the forest floor leaf litter.  Box turtles have a hinge on the bottom shell (plastron,) so that they can close their shell tightly like a box to protect their heads and legs from predators.  Leo was born in captivity on May 8,1974 and could live to be 85 years old!

Hope- Guinea Pig-‘ cavia porcellus’  Guinea pigs are a small, stocky, tailless rodent, originally from South American.  They prefer subdued lighting and in the wild inhabit a mountainous terrain.  Hope is an herbivore, which means she loves vegetables!  She also eats fruits and grasses. Guinea pigs are social animals that thrive on daily interaction.  They communicate by making various humming, purring and squealing sounds that have different meanings.  They will also “popcorn” or jump in the air when happy!  Hopes birthday is January 1, 2011.

Kaa the Corn Snake: Kaaa-Corn Snake(albino) [Elaphe guttata]-  Corn snakes are slender and can grow up to six feet long!  They are from the South and Midwestern U.S.  Like the Cape Cod Milk Snake, they are constrictors.  In the wild, they live in barnyards, woodlots or meadowlands.  Primarily nocturnal, they are active in early evening.  In the wild, they eat mice,rats,birds, and bats.  In captivity, Kaaa is fed frozen mice.  Corn snakes live up to 20 years in captivity.  Kaaa was born April 1, 2002.

Sticky Toes the White's Tree Frog: Sticky Toes-Whites Tree Frog-[Litoria caerula]- Whites tree frogs are found throughout Indonesia and the tropical north of Australia.  They are large heavy-bodied frogs, and range in color from maroon, to bight green to even blue!  Sticky toes is nocturnal, typically sleeping during the day, and becoming active at night to search for food.  As the name “tree frog” would suggest, this species is arboreal, preferring to live off of the ground.  Most tree frogs have adhesive disks on their feet that make them good climbers.  Sticky toes can grow up to 4 inches and live nearly 20 years!  He also loves to eat mealy worms, crickets and an occasional pinky mouse!  Sticky toes was brought to live at Green Briar at the age of 5, his birthday is June 3, 2003.

Mr. Toad - Great Plains Toad - Bufo cognatus  Mr. Toad is an amphibian and lives throughout the western US.  He is happiest in his habitat which is grassland near water.  He loves to burrow in soft soil which is easy to dig.  Mr. Toad feeds on a variety of insects at night.  He sits motionless at the entrance of his burrow and patiently waits for an insect to walk by; he then uses his long sticky tongue to quickly snatch his prey!  Mr. Toad came to us in 2012.

Eddy & Teddy Rabbits: Eddy and Teddy- Rex Rabbits – This is a breed known for its very soft fur, often called the “Velveteen Rabbit.”   The Rex fur has a shortened guard hair which makes it coat short and dense.  Eddy and Teddy are twin brothers, born February 18,2007.

Rabbits are mammals which belong to the Lagomorph order, meaning “hare-shaped.”  They have incisor teeth that continually grow.  The rabbit species that are kept as pets is the Oryctolagus cuniculus.  Rabbits are herbivores that means “plant eater.” They have powerful legs with long feet and a short, furry, upturned tail. Rabbits are most active at dawn and dusk and often nap during the day.

Peter Rabbit: Peter is our newest cottontail rabbit. 

The Finch Bros.- Brown-tail & White-tail-Society Finch- Lonchura domestica   Also bred as ‘Bengalese finch’, these birds have been domesticated and very popular in China since the 1700’s!   These brothers are active, alert & sociable; they love to flit from one perch to another!  If they’re scared they retreat to their little hut and huddle close together, this is where they sleep as well.  They also love to take a bath every day and slash water all around!!  The males are frequent singers; their songs are a soft, sweet chirping.  The brothers hatched from their eggs on October 31, 2012 !  They are becoming a very popular attraction in our nature center!  

Houdini- Pantherophis guttatus guttatus    Houdini is an anerythristic corn snake, which is a species that has a mutation: it lacks red pigment.  Known as “anery” for short, its colors are black, brown, or gray. Anery corn snakes are non-venomous and are found throughout the central and southern U.S.  They are diurnal, which means they are active in the daytime. Houdini eats mice and swallows his food whole!    He will shed is skin as he grows.   This snake was born in 2007 and may live as long as 23 years in captivity. He was donated to the nature center Jan. 2015







Fannie Box Turtle




Sticky Toes


Teddy Rabbit

Eddy Rabbit

Peter Rabbit
Peter Rabbit

Finch Bros.
The Finch Bros.






Thornton W. Burgess Society
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