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Red Oak is home to more than 45 animals that give visitors an up-close look at Fox River wildlife, including a 500-gallon turtle and fish setting, as well as new habitats for frogs, snakes, salamanders and more! Meet our animals below and show your support by purchasing essential items to keep them healthy and happy!
Rabbits. Red Oak has hosted rabbits for over nine years! Currently, we have Lucy — a domestic Dutch rabbit — and she comes out for programming and some camps.
Snakes. With four native types of snakes to visit, you can see some of the diversity that is right here in Illinois! Prairie King, Corn, Milk and Fox snakes are all here to show you what some of the non-venomous residents of Illinois look like. Come say hi to Prince, Milky, Kernal or Foxy today.
Turtles. Both aquatic and terrestrial species call Red Oak home. Threatened species, such as the Spotted turtle, live in our Wildlife room that hosts a 500-gallon tank. Get nose-to-nose with a turtle and see which habitat you’d prefer.
Spiders and Insects. Madagascar Hissing Cockroaches and a Chilean Rose Hair tarantula allow you to see the wonderful world of bugs … but not from Illinois! These non-native species are larger and can showcase some of the features that their smaller Illinois cousins hide.
Spotted Gar, Invasive Crayfish and Mussels. Freshwater is one of the Earth’s most valued resources and we need it to survive! Come learn about some local river inhabitants and their non-native invader counterparts, like the Rusty or Red Crayfish that threaten the Fox River’s ecosystem.
Salamanders. We host the state amphibian! Tiger salamanders can live up to 25 years and are examples of how to live the dual life of aquatic to terrestrial. See if you can spot all four inside the Nature Center. They like to hide under mud, so you’ll have to look closely!