The Garden is excited to welcome as our newest education animal! Our new spotted salamander, Mango, will help teach children and adults about amphibians, indicator species, and wetland conservation. Common across much of the Eastern United States and Canada, spotted salamanders are a robust species with unique bright yellow spots. Mango enjoys burrowing and eating worms and other insects. Elise, our Education Specialist, notes “it’s a totally new category of animal for us. Kids can learn the difference between amphibians and reptiles, and salamanders are kind of elusive and special, not something you see every day in your backyard.”
You can visit Mango along with Carlos, our Box Turtle, in the Garden’s Nature Nook whenever the Garden is open! Also check out our upcoming educational programs, including Super Salamanders at the Cumberland County Headquarters Library on Saturday, February 22nd at 2 pm.