How do I grow?

Sure to hatch everyone’scuriosity

Beginnings is a great introduction to the Museum where kids can explorethe life cycle of young animals.

Animals in their youngeststages of life including fire-bellied newts, Eastern box turtles and barred tiger salamanders, give young learners the chance to get upclose and understand some of the amazing transformations of growth.

Don’t miss everyone’s favorite, the Americanalligator!Our alligator friend is still a juvenile and currently has yellow bandingalong his tail, but as he grows up he will lose these yellow markings and histail will turn olive brown and black, while the areas around his jaw, neck, andbelly will remain a creamy white color.

Make sure to keep your ears open when visitinghim. Alligators are capable of making a number of vocalizations includinghissing, grunting, bellowing, distress yelps and croaking. While he mayhave plenty to say, you probably won't catch him having many meals. Because theyare ectothermic (cold-blooded), alligators do not need to eat much. In fact, a100-pound dog will eat more in a year than an 800-pound alligator!

  • All Ages
  • Included In Admission