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PetS of the Issue – More Remarkable Creatures from the EC Science Center

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Submitted by Kate Fox


More of the Emerald Coast Science Center’s animals are ready for their close-ups. These creatures live at the Fort Walton Beach museum and love interacting with people.

Watson and Crick are the newest additions to the museum. These social creatures, similar to Chinchillas, are about five to seven inches long and come from Chile. They are named after Francis Crick and James Watson, who won the 1962 Nobel Prize for Medicine for their discovery of the structure of DNA.
Newton is a Pogona, a/k/a Bearded Dragon. This is a small species of lizards native to the desert and shrub lands of Australia. In this photo, you can see Newton exhibiting dark black coloring under his chin, giving him the appearance of a beard. He is named after Sir Isaac Newton, an English physicist and mathematician, as well as a key figure in the Scientific Revolution.
Lovelace is an Amelanistic Red Rat Snake. This is a non-venomous constrictor species native to the southeastern and central United States. Lovelace is named after Ada Lovelace, a writer and mathematician who worked with Charles Babbage on the Analytical Engine (the first computer prototype). Ms. Lovelace is credited with being the first female computer programmer.
Merlin is a Red Crowned Amazon, native to northeastern Mexico. They are an endangered species of Amazon, due to deforestation. Merlin is named after Argentine physicist Roberto Merlin, who most recently discovered a method for creating lenses that can surpass the diffraction limit without using negative refraction materials. The process is called superfocusing.

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