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Pets of the Issue – A Spectacular Variety

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Submitted by Kate Fox, Emerald Coast Science Center


The Emerald Coast Science Center in Fort Walton Beach is home to a spectacular variety of animals. From snakes and lizards to guinea pigs and finely feathered friends, there’s something for everyone to enjoy learning about.

Cici is a blue and gold macaw. Blue and golds are native to South America. She is named after Cecilia Payne-Gaposchkin, a British-American astronomer and astrophysicist whose doctoral thesis discussed the composition and physical makeup of stars.
Avogadro is a ball python. They are a non-venomous constrictor species native to West Africa. He is named after Amedeo Avogadro, an Italian physicist best known for his work in molecular theory.
Tesla is an African pygmy hedgehog, the most common species of domesticated hedgehog that originally hail from Nigeria. He is named after Nikola Tesla, a Serbian-American inventor, electrical and mechanical engineer, physicist and futurist.
Alex is a rose hair tarantula. Rose hairs are nomadic, meaning they spend their lives moving all the time in search of food or a mate, and they are native to South America. He is named after Baron Alexander von Humboldt, a Prussian biologist.

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