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Extended Hours and Animal Encounters

This article appeared in the April 1, 2016 edition of the Davis Enterprise.

Extended Hours and Animal Encounters

Isa, one of Explorit's bearded dragons. Photo by Kirby Araullo.

 By Lisa Justice

Special to the Enterprise


Snakes and Skinks and Dragons- Oh My!

Join us on Saturday, April 9 from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. to Meet the Animals! Explorit will open early so visitors can meet and greet each of our resident animals, and learn about their diets, habitats and more through a guided exploration with an Explorit educator.

Lizards and snakes both have scales, but do they feel the same when you touch them? And what about different kinds of lizards? Do they feel the same or different? Come discover the answers to these and many other questions for yourself at the first of Explorit’s Extended Public Hours this spring! 

Explorit is home to a number of reptiles, insects and fish from a four-foot long ball python to orange spotted cockroaches that seldom grow beyond an inch or two. Come meet them all and learn all about them.

Our longest resident is Connie, the ball python. Connie is a veteran educational animal, visiting school classrooms, summer camps and museum visitors for over ten years. A very gentle and curious snake, she enjoys being petted by warm human hands.

Explorit is also home to a pair of bearded dragons, a male Spike and a female Isa. Bearded dragons like Spike and Isa are popular in the domestic pet trade and never pass up a chance to chow down on some mealworms.

But probably the most unusual animals calling Explorit home are our blue-tongued skinks Blizzard and Tiger. Indigenous to Australia, these lizards have some amazing adaptations that make them well suited to life in a sandy desert environment.

Plus, compare and contrast three different types of cockroaches from the giant cave cockroaches and orange spotted cockroaches of South America to the Madagascar hissing cockroaches of Africa. See if you can get any of them to hiss at you!

And a special animal guest may be dropping by! Meet a tortoise up close and personal and learn more about these gentle giants. Explorit’s knowledgeable educators will be on hand to answer questions.

Don’t miss this special opportunity, and be on the lookout for more to come in April and May! These Extended Public Hours are free to Explorit members and with paid admission to the museum.


Explorit’s coming events:


  • Explorit’s Exploration Gallery is open to the public every Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday, 1:00-5:00 p.m. and every Friday, 3:00-6:00 p.m.  Admission is $5.00 per person; Explorit members, teachers and children 2 and under are free. Come check out the new Nano Mini Exhibition!
  • April 14th 7pm Explorit sponsored talk “Oily Wildlife Aren’t Sick: An Overview of California’s Oiled Wildlife Response Programs” by Michael Ziccardi, Director, UCD Oiled Wildlife Care Network at DMG MORI, 3805 Faraday Ave. Davis.
  • Our Challenge Center is running on empty! Help stock us up with recyclable material for engineering challenges. Save your toilet paper tubes, cracker boxes and other clean recyclable items and drop them off at Explorit where they can live on in a variety of construction projects!
  • Summer Science Camp registration is open now! Visit for all the details.  Interested in volunteering at our Summer Science Camps?  Call Explorit now!
  • Interested in membership?  Think your Explorit membership may have lapsed?  Call Explorit at 530-756-0191 to check or sign up!
  • Birthdays are back at Explorit!  Call Explorit at 530-756-0191 for more information or to book your party.



Explorit Science Center is located at 3141 5th St. For more information call (530) 756-0191 or visit, or “like” us on Facebook at

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