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Library Animals


Asmo is a rescue corn snake that we were able to adopt in 2018. He came to us underweight and dirty and has since blossomed into the star of our Science Corner! His bright orange, red, and white colors along with his friendly and curious disposition makes him a favorite stop among library visitors! Follow his library life on Instagram or write him an email- he loves getting fan mail and he may just slither across the keyboard and write you back!







Tad Cooper the bearded dragon was donated to the library by a local family. After getting him into his new home and getting acquainted with library life he became a new part of the Science Corner!


We received our Paludarium (living tank habitat) and Anthony’s Poison Dart Frogs as a donation in 2014. They became the first animals that we hosted in our Science Corner. Currently we have three frogs: two adults and a baby.

The frog tank is also home to to Bromeliads, a Rubber Plant (a species of Fig Tree), and
a Trailing jade (species of Radiator plants).


As part of an ongoing partnership with the Science Department at Fort Lewis College we received a donation of Madagascar Hissing Cockroaches to enhance the diversity of our Science Corner. These are truly marvelous creatures. They shed their outer “exuviae” when they need some growing space. The cockroaches emerge white and then darken as their exuviae hardens in order to become a protective layer.


Our fish tank has undergone many different iterations as we continued to grow its size and the number/types of fish it holds. We have multiple species of fish in our tank including:

  • Red Tailed Shark: His name is Leroy!
  • Hypostomus Punctatus : His name is Hippo! He is a type of armored catfish who serves as the “cleaner” for our fresh water tank. You can see him in the picture to the left.
  • Pearl Gourami: These are the fish with the whiskers! This pair exists as a couple and are very mellow and attentive.
  • Neon Tetras: This group of friendly and colorful fish are fun to watch swim around the tank.
  • Blind Cave Tetras (Mexican Tetras): When these fascinating fish hatch, their eyes are fully formed, but over the course of their first few weeks of life they deteriorate and are then reabsorbed. In addition, they lack pigmentation in their scales!