Live Animals

Snake on exhibit

In addition to the dioramas and scientific research displayed at the KU Natural History Museum are exhibits that feature live animals. The sixth floor is home to several commonly found snakes such as a black rat snake and king snake as well as several species of anole lizards. Learn how to identify the difference between venomous and non-venomous snakes, and about evolutionary research with lizards.

Nearby is the museum’s bee tree, a live colony of honey bees.

Stop on the third floor to visit Bugtown, which includes live insects such as the blue death-feigning beetle and giant cave cockroaches. At this exhibit, you can crawl through the worm tunnel, learn how dermestid beetles clean up and find out how insects eat. Plus, you can plop into a booth at Grub’s Diner, where the eating of other patrons is strictly prohibited.