Animal Ambassadors

Skittles The Corn Snake

Skittles – Corn Snake

  • Background: Skittles was born in February 2023 and was Pemberton Nature Center's first animal ambassador.
  • Appearance: Corn snakes are slender orange or brownish-yellow with patterns of large red blotches outlined in black.
  • Native Habitat: Corn snakes are native to the United States, primarily on the East Coast and in the Midwest.
  • Diet: Mainly consists of small rodents like mice and rats.
  • Size: Hatchlings range from 8-12 inches in length. They can grow up to 72 inches long.
  • Lifespan: Up to 25 years in captivity; 8-10 years in the wild.

Jack The Milk Snake

Jack - Milk Snake

  • Background: Jack was adopted in May 2023 from a breeder in Salisbury. Take a close look around his enclosure to find this shy boy.
  • Appearance: Milk snakes are usually banded with white, red, yellow or orange stripes.
  • Native Habitat: Milk snakes are native to North America, often found in heavily forested regions, grasslands and prairies.
  • Diet: Consist of small rodents and birds.
  • Size: Milk snakes can grow up to five feet in length.
  • Lifespan: 12-20 years; typically 20 years in captivity.

Noodle The Corn Snake

Noodle - Corn Snake

  • Background: Noodle is friendly and active. He likes to hang out coiled up in his tree.
  • Appearance: Corn snakes are slender, orange or brownish-yellow with a pattern of large red blotches down their backs.
  • Native Habitat: Native to the United States, primarily in the Midwest and on the East Coast.
  • Diet: Consist of small rodents.
  • Size: Corn snakes can grow up to 72 inches long.
  • Lifespan: 8-10 years in the wild; up to 25 years in captivity.

Mater The Russian Tortoise

Mater – Russian Tortoise

  • Background: Mater was adopted in March 2023. He's a friendly guy who loves snacking on leafy greens and strawberries.
  • Appearance: Russian tortoises are tan with dark splotches. They are known for having only four toes on their front feet.
  • Native Habitat: Harsh desert and barren regions of Russia, Iran, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Kazakhstan and western provinces of China.
  • Diet: Leafy greens and vegetables.
  • Size: Females tend to be larger than males, reaching 6-10 includes in diameter. Some males only reach 5-6 includes in diameter.
  • Lifespan: 40-50 years in captivity; up to 100 years in the wild.

Monkey The Green Anole

Green Anoles

  • Appearance: Green anoles are small, slender lizards with arrow-shaped heads. They range from bright green to mute brown in color.
  • Native Habitat: Southern United States
  • Diet: Small insects like crickets, mealworms, spiders and roaches.
  • Size: Can grow to 5-8 inches long. Males are usually larger than females.
  • Lifespan: 5 years in captivity; 2-6 years in the wild.



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