An outdoor exhibition that encourages imaginative play in a creative environment
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In Creature Cavern, little ones can get up close with chipmunks, snakes, skinks, an opossum, an owl and more.
From amphibians to mammals, kids can learn about animals that they may even spot in their own backyard including black rat snakes, Cope’s gray tree frogs, anoles, flying squirrels and chipmunks.
There’s even a copperhead snake on exhibition which is the only venomous snake commonly found in Mecklenburg County. Make sure to take time to compare all the snakes and think about how they look different to each other. For example copperheads have triangular heads, cat-like shaped eyes, and an hourglass pattern on their bodies.
Heads up not to miss the Southern flying squirrels which are
nocturnal, so they may be sleeping during your visit. Sometimes if you enter
Creature Cavern right when the Museum opens you can catch them awake to eat
There’s no question our screech owl will be watching you while you’re exploring Creature Cavern. Did you know screech owls are raptors, which means they are carnivorous, have strong feet with sharp talons, a hooked beak and very good eyesight? The screech owl on exhibition was rehabilitated after a wing injury but is unable to fly or survive in the wild. We are happy she is home with us.