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Newport, KY 41071
Compared to crocodiles, alligators have a rounder and wider “U” shaped snout.Also, when the alligator’s jaw is closed, the fourth bottom tooth cannot be seen.
Many land animals often venture into water, but only one group of land animals must spend part of their lives in the water in order to survive.
Arthropods are invertebrates with an exoskeleton, a hard and protective outer shell made of chitin. They also have appendages that are jointed and their bodies are segmented.
Caimans are closely related to alligators. All six species of caimans are found in Central and South America.
Cnidarians are invertebrates with stinging cells called nematocysts. Included in the cnidarian group are anemones, corals, and jellyfish.
Crocodiles have a “V” shaped snout which is narrow and long. When a crocodile’s jaw is closed, the fourth bottom tooth can easily be seen.
The term “echinoderm” means “spiny skinned” and is a very appropriate name for invertebrates in this group. Sand dollars, sea cucumbers, sea stars and sea urchins are all echinoderms.
There are more than 32,000 species of fish known in the world today. What defines an animal as a “fish”? Although fish share many general characteristics, some species are exceptions.
Although freshwater only covers three percent of the planet, some scientists believe there are more freshwater fish species than there are saltwater fish species.
Frogs have large legs and webbed back feet. They jump to move across the ground, and swim through the water.
There is only one known gharial species in the world, the Indian Gharial (Gavialis gangeticus), and it is considered to be in critical danger of extinction.
Ninety-seven percent of all animals on our planet lack a backbone and are called invertebrates. They are all considered ectotherms, or “cold-blooded” because they cannot regulate their body temperature.
There are an estimated 50,000 species that belong to the invertebrate group known as Mollusca. Members of this diverse group have soft bodies which are composed of a ‘head’ region and a “foot” region.
The only salamander in the Newport Aquarium collection at this time is the mudpuppy that is a salamander that is found in lakes and streams in the eastern regions of North America.
Check out these awesome penguins in their newly renovated exhibit.
Rays, skates, and sting rays are closely related to sharks, but unlike sharks, the bodies of these fish tend to be flat and disc-like.
Covered in scales, reptiles are ectotherms (cold-blooded vertebrates) that are found on every continent except Antarctica and in every ocean except the Arctic and Southern oceans.
There is no doubt that the most colorful fishes live in saltwater. Almost every color of the spectrum can be found on various marine fish.
See Seahorses in
Seahorses: Unbridled Fun, our newest exhibit.
Seahorses: Unbridled Fun!
Meet our four rare Shark Rays in our Surrounded By Sharks Exhibit. Sweet Pea was the first Shark Ray on display in the Western Hemisphere. All four Shark Rays are members of the world’s first Shark Ray Breeding Program, which yielded the first known Shark Ray birth in a captive environment in 2014.
Shark Ray Bay and Coral Reef
Sharks- the ultimate blend of power, efficiency, and predation that have been refined over time. No other group of fish in the oceans is more feared or misunderstood.
Snakes can be found on all continents except Antarctica and do not occur on certain island nations such as New Zealand and Ireland.
Toads have stocky legs and non-webbed feet. They walk to move across the ground and are typically found in drier areas.
Turtles, tortoises and terrapins are all members of the order Testudines. These reptiles all have a protective shell that has developed from their ribs.