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Sponsor an Animal

 

Here at Don Lee our animals are amazing teaching tools and add a lot of excitement to our Coastal Communities program. If you choose to sponsor an animal your name will be posted on that animal’s home, you will receive a sponsorship certification, and you will be one of the wonderful people who have contributed to the love and care of our educational animals. You are welcome to sponsor an animal for 6 months, 3 months, or more!

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Please call 252-249-1106 x 32 or email fieldtrips@donleecenter.org if you have any questions!

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Meet the Don Lee Creatures!

 

 

 

 

 

Arthur the Eastern Kingsnake

Lampropeltis getula

 

The Eastern King Snake is one of the most attractive of the snakes found in North Carolina. It is nicknamed, “the king of snakes” because of its ability to actually eat other snakes, including its favorite food –copperheads!  Kingsnakes also eat other reptiles, amphibians, birds, and small mammals.   Arthur eats 4 mice a week and is about 4 1/2 feet long. Arthur was found close to Don Lee Camp & Retreat Center and is one of our favorite creatures!  Arthur requires special reptile lighting (UVA/UVB) and heat to maintain the temperature in the cooler months and to ensure he gets the nutrients he needs, since he is not regularly exposed to natural sunlight.

 

Expenses include:

UVA/UVB 100 Watt Reptile bulbs: $9.00 each month and last about 2 months

Reptile Bedding: $30.00 per bag; 2 bags to replace bedding

Mice: $10.00 per month

 

To Sponsor:

6 months = $150.00

3 months = $75.00

 

 

Carolina the Albino Corn Snake

Elaphe guttata

 

Carolina was adopted in the fall of 2008. Albinism is a genetic trait characterized by the lack of melanin pigment in the skin and eyes. Albino animals usually do not survive long in the wild because they are easily seen by their predators. Corn Snakes occur throughout most of the state especially lower elevations. Corn Snakes can grow to be about 30-72 inches, but they grow very slowly. They feed mostly on small mammals and birds, and kill their prey by constriction. She eats 3 mice per week. Carolina requires special reptile lighting (UVA/UVB) and heat to maintain the temperature in the cooler months and to ensure he gets the nutrients he needs, since he is not regularly exposed to natural sunlight.

 

Expenses include:

UVA/UVB 100 Watt Reptile bulbs: $9.00 each month and last about 2 months

Reptile Bedding: $30.00 per bag; 2 bags to replace bedding

Mice: $10.00 per month

 

To Sponsor:

6 months = $150.00

3 months = $75.00

 

 

Dottie the Eastern Diamondback Terrapin

Malaclemys terrapin                                                                                                                               

We have 3 of these beautiful animals that reside here at Don Lee. Our terrapins were rescued as hatchlings after hurricane Floyd in 1999. Terrapins are the only turtles able to inhabit estuaries and salt water marshes. They eat assorted crustaceans, fish, mollusks and insects.  Diamondbacks derived their name from their deeply grooved, diamond shaped scutes (sections of the shell). Since the terrapins are protected by the Endangered Species Act in N.C, we take very special care and precautions to ensure their health and well-being. We have special permits to keep these animals for educational purposes.

 

Expenses include:

UVA/UVB 100 Watt Reptile bulbs: $9.00 each month and last about 2 months

Reptomin Turtle Food: $16.00 per can and last about 2 months

Duetto Submersible Filters (2): Carbon Cartridge and Filter Sponges Replacements: $16.00

Synthetic Sea Salt: $50.00 per 5 gallon buck and last about 2 months

Also: Algae Scrapers, Algae Pads, Hydrometers, Heater for Winter, and Tap Water Conditioner

To Sponsor:

6 months = $250.00

3 months = $125.00

 

 

Cardboard and Pizza the

Eastern Box Turtles

Terrapene carolina

 

Box turtles spend the most of their time on dry land. They are not very skillful swimmers but they do require plenty of fresh water. Box turtles are omnivores (eat plants and animals) feeding mainly on snails, earthworms, wild berries, mushrooms, insects, & carrion (dead animals). They sleep dug into burrows or wedged under fallen trees or rocks. Box turtles are one of the few turtles that can close their shell completely to protect themselves from predators. Male box turtles usually have red eyes and a concave plastron (indentation on the bottom part of their shell).

 

Expenses include:

UVA/UVB 100 Watt Reptile bulbs: $9.00 each month and last about 2 months

Box Turtle Food: $11.00 per can and last about 2 months

Crickets: $30.00 per box and last about 1 month

Also: Fresh Fruit and Vegetables and Tap Water Conditioner

 

To Sponsor:

6 months = $130.00     

3 months = $65.00

 

 

Beyonce and Jay-Z the River Cooters
Pseudemys concinna

 

The River Cooter is a large freshwater turtle that can grow to be 12”-16” long. Rivers, lakes, ponds, and marshes with heavy vegetation provide ideal habitat for these turtles. River Cooters enjoy basking on logs or sun-warmed rocks. These turtles are primarily herbivores but also enjoy insects, fish, crayfish, and snails. River Cooters can live 40 years or more.

 

Expenses include:

UVA/UVB 100 Watt Reptile bulbs: $9.00 each month and last about 2 months

Reptomin Turtle Food: $16.00 per can and last about 2 months

Duetto Submersible Filter: Carbon Cartridge and Filter Sponges Replacements: $16.00

Also: Algae Scrapers, Algae Pads, Heater for Winter, and Tap Water Conditioner

 

To Sponsor:

6 months = $130.00     

3 months = $65.00

 

 

The Ninja Turtles

(Leonardo, Raphael, Donatello, and Michelangelo)

Our Yellow Bellied Sliders

Trachemys scripta scripta

 

Yellowbelly Sliders are possibly the most common basking turtle in the eastern half of North Carolina. At Don Lee Camp & Retreat Center you will find these turtles living in the swimming pond and Lake Pu and they will often spend most sunny days soaking up the sun. Yellowbelly’s are commonly anywhere from 5-12 inches in length. Adult turtles feed on aquatic weeds, insects, and carrion (dead animals).

 

Expenses include:

UVA/UVB 100 Watt Reptile bulbs: $9.00 each month and last about 2 months

Reptomin Turtle Food: $16.00 per can and last about 2 months

Duetto Submersible Filter: Carbon Cartridge and Filter Sponges Replacements: $16.00

Also: Algae Scrapers, Algae Pads, Heater for Winter, and Tap Water Conditioner

 

To Sponsor:

6 months = $130.00     

3 months = $65.00

 

 

Pock-a-dot the Spotted Turtle

Clemmys guttata

 

This fun ‘Polka-dot’ turtle will grow to be about 3.5-4.5 inches in length. These land turtles like to hang out in marshy meadows, bogs, swamps, and other shallow bodies of water. Spotted turtles are omnivores and feed mainly on aquatic vegetation and invertebrates. The spotted turtle is listed as a threatened species.

 

Expenses include:

UVA/UVB 100 Watt Reptile bulbs: $9.00 each month and last about 2 months

Reptomin Turtle Food: $16.00 per can and last about 2 months

Duetto Submersible Filter: Carbon Cartridge and Filter Sponges Replacements: $16.00

Also: Algae Scrapers, Algae Pads, Heater for Winter, and Tap Water Conditioner

 

To Sponsor:

6 months = $60.00       

3 months = $30.00

 

 

Crabby the Common Spider Crab

Libinia emarginata

 

The spider crab grows to be about 4 inches long. Males have longer legs than females. They can be found all along the East Coast most often in mud or sand in shallow waters. They are often covered with fine algae and will decorate their shell to camouflage themselves. Spider crabs are mainly scavengers but will also feed on sea urchins, worms, and sea squirts. 

Expenses include:

Shrimp Pellets: $8.00 per can and last about 2 months

Duetto Submersible Filter: Carbon Cartridge and Filter Sponges Replacements: $16.00

Synthetic Sea Salt: $50.00 per 5 gallon buck and last about 2 months

Also: Algae Scrapers, Algae Pads, Hydrometers, Heater for Winter, Bubbler Stones, and Tap Water Conditioner

To Sponsor:

6 months = $90.00       

3 months = $45.00

 

 

 

Green Anoles

(Anolis carolinensis)

 

The Green Anole is generally about 5 to 8 inches long. They have adhesive on their foot-pads for crawling along walls. They are able to change color and can be anywhere from bright green to browns and grays. Their color varies depending on their mood, temperature, humidity, and their health. Anoles need to live in a moist environment and can be found in trees, shrubs, and on walls or fences. Green Anoles eat small insects and spiders. Our Anoles love to eat crickets!

Expenses include:

UVA/UVB 100 Watt Reptile bulbs: $9.00 each month and last about 2 months

Reptile Bedding: $30.00 per bag and last about 2 months

Crickets: $30.00 per box and last about 1 month

To Sponsor:

6 months = $60.00       

3 months = $30.00


 

 

Frogs and Toads

 

Cope’s Gray Treefrog: Hyla chrysoscelis 

Cope’s Gray Tree frog can be found throughout most of NC. They are capable of rapid color change and may be gray, brown, greenish or nearly white. Their color-changing capabilities, along with their rough skin, provide these tree frogs with excellent camouflage when perched on tree branches or bark.

  

 

 

 

 

Green Treefrog: Hyla cinerea

Green Tree Frogs are 1.25-2.25 inches in length and commonly found around Camp Don Lee particularly at night. This frog makes the ‘Quenk, Quenk’ sound to attract female mates. Tree frogs consume insects, worms, and other small animals. They enjoy living anywhere that is well supplied with water or dampness. 

 

 

 

 

 

Squirrel Treefrog: Hyla cinerea

The squirrel treefrog is a small, smooth skinned frog that can change color rapidly from green to yellowish brown to brown. This treefrog is nocturnal and feeds on insects. They spend their daylight hours hiding under leaves, bark or logs. Their breeding call is a nasal “waaak, waaak” and their “rain call,”  is a scolding, squirrel-like rasp usually performed away from water before or during rain storms.

 

 

 

 

 

Southern Toad: Bufo terrestris

The Southern Toad grows to be between 1.5-3 inches in length. This amphibian spends time on the ground rather than in the water, getting their moisture from soil around ponds and other small bodies of water. The southern toad actively forges during twilight and into the night feeding on insects that they catch with their sticky tongues.

Expenses include:

UVA/UVB 100 Watt Reptile bulbs: $9.00 each month and last about 2 months

Crickets: $30.00 per box and last about 1 month

Soil for bedding: $5.00

To Sponsor:

6 months = $60.00       

3 months = $30.00

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