Adopt an Animal Program

The Ruth Patrick Science Education Center is looking for sponsors to help support the cost of feeding and caring for the animals used in our K-12 educational programs. An animal may be adopted by an individual, a business, or a group such as an elementary school class or a scout troop. The sponsors’names will be displayed on the animals’ cages for one school year. Donations are tax deductible; sponsorship opportunities for 2007-2008 are listed below. For more information, please contact Deborah McMurtrie at or 803-641-2834.

**Who has already adopted?

Red-Tailed Hawk (Buteo jamaicensis) Non-releasable male, born 1992 (Windsor) $1,500
Barred Owl (Strix varia) Non-releasable male, born 1998 (Spencer) $1,250
American Alligator (Alligator mississippiensis) female, born 2003 (Miss Sippi) $1,000
American Alligator (Alligator mississippiensis) female, born 2006 (Georgia) $750
American Alligator (Alligator mississippiensis) male, born 2006 (Louie) $750
Eastern Kingsnake (Lampropeltis getula getula) $500
Northern Pine Snake (Pituophis melanoleucus melanoleucus) $500
Grey Rat Snake (Elaphe obsoleta spiloides) $500
Albino Yellow Rat Snake (Elaphe obsoleta quadrivittata) $500
Coastal Yellow Rat Snake (Elaphe obsoleta quadrivittata) $250
Corn Snake (Elaphe guttata) Adopted
Box Turtle (Terrapene carolina carolina) $100
Snapping Turtle (Chelydra serpentina) $100
Painted Turtle (Chrysemys picta picta) $100
Chicken Turtle (Deirochelys reticularia) $100
Red-Eared Slider Turtle (Trachemys scripta elegans) Adopted
Yellow-Bellied Slider Turtle (Trachemys scripta scripta) $100
Barking Tree Frog (Hyla gratiosa) $75
Green Tree Frog (Hyla cinerea) $75
Gray Tree Frog (Hyla versicolora) $75
Southern Leopard Frog (Rana urticularia) $75
Bull Frog (Rana catesbeiana) $75
Southern Toad (Bufo terrestris) $75
Spotted Salamander (Ambystoma maculatum) $50
Marbled Salamander (Ambystoma opacum) $50