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It’s Slick to be Slow

The Florida Museum of Natural History is hosting a new Survival of the Slowest exhibit through September 12, where guests will get an up-close look at a live sloth, tortoise, iguana and other creatures to learn about the unique adaptations some animals developed to survive, despite being slow, small or weak.

 

The museum requires masks at all times and has a one-way path to ensure social distancing. A keeper will be present to answer questions and ensure the animals’ well-being. Graphics and educational panels illustrate the characteristics animals have developed to survive, such as warm- and cold-blood adaption and differences in size, speed and energy use.

 

Featured species include the Linnean two-toed sloth, pygmy hedgehog, red-footed tortoise, emperor scorpion, green iguana, veiled chameleon, box turtle, striped-knee tarantula, grey rat snake, false chameleon, ball python, blue-tongued skink, horned frog, bearded dragon, green basilisk and pine snake.

 

Admission is $10 for adults; $9 for Florida residents, seniors and non-University of Florida college students; $7 for ages 3-17 and free to museum members and UF students with a valid Gator 1 Card. For more information, visit FloridaMuseum.ufl.edu/visit/plan.