Looking for something to do with the family on the weekend? Visit the recently renovated Pemberton Park Nature Center, open to the public from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays.
The Nature Center is home to a woodland animal display, Russian tortoise touch tank, reptile exhibits and interactive educational displays.
Learn a little about the team of animal ambassadors before you stop by for a visit:
Skittles is a corn snake. Corn snakes are slender orange or brownish-yellow with patterns of large red blotches outlined in black. They are native to the United States.
Skittles is just 6 months old, so she’s still growing, but adult corn snakes can reach up to 72 inches in length.
Angel is a ball python. These snakes get their name from their tendency to constrict themselves into ball-like shapes for comfort. Ball pythons are native to Central and East Africa.
Jack is a milk snake, which can typically be recognized by their vibrant banded black, white, red, yellow or orange stripes. Milk snakes are native to North America and can grow to be five feet in length.
Rigatoni, a Western hognose snake, loves to dig in his enclosure. Hognose snakes are named for their pig-like noses, which are used like a shovel for digging. They are native to the Western United States and parts of Canada.
Mater, our resident Russian Tortoise, can usually be found digging in his habitat or crunching on some leafy green snacks. This turtle is native to the harsh desert and barren regions of Russia, Iran, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Kazakhstan and western provinces of China.
Ember the bearded dragon is our most active ambassador. Bearded dragons are native to Australia and enjoy a diet consisting of leafy greens, vegetables and insects. Keep an eye out for Ember as he’s likely to move around his enclosure to follow visitors.
Finally, look closely, because our green anoles blend in with their enclosure seamlessly. Some are bright green like leaves, others camouflage with the bark of trees. These little guys are native to the Southern United States, so they love humidity and warm weather.
Pick a weekend to come meet our ambassadors in person. Pemberton Park Nature Center is located at 5561 Plantation Lane in Salisbury.
For more information about the Nature Center visit PembertonPark.org.
James Simmons is the Recreation Superintendent for Wicomico County’s Parks & Recreation Department.