By request of our granddaughter, who was visiting this weekend, we went to the NC Museum of Natural History. Here are some photos I took, and I apologize for not taking the time to write notes or labels for them. When you tour a museum with an 11 year old, you dart back and forth too quickly for notes! The smiley salamander at the top enjoyed posing for me. (click to embiggen)
The pointy-nosed fish above is a gar.
The baby bear is a model, but he was so cute he merited a pic, don't you think?
The toothy fellow above used to be a Tyrannosaurus Rex.
A live green snake from the tropics. I tried to get a photo from an angle where the leaf wasn't covering him, but it was impossible due to the placement of his case. They drape themselves over the branches to sleep. Maybe they think they look more menacing to predators if their "green-ness" is massed together like that.
A very cute little frog, who lives on a rock with a fern growing out of it. I felt sorry for him, since his glass cage is rather small. I'll bet he'd rather have a larger world to explore.
An acacia tree, with thorns galore! This one was host to a large number of ants who make their home in acacia trees.
A Brontosaurus skeleton, inhabiting a large glass dome. The white building across the street is the NC Legislature.
One of the natural habitat exhibits, with rocks and a waterfall, shot from the floor above it.