Alligators have the most charming smile....or is it a crocodile?? See our comparison of the two reptiles below to decide! 🐊 🦕 🌱 🦖
Alligators and crocodiles are both massive reptiles with very similar features. They both descend from fish-eating gavials, which appeared on the scene nearly 100 million years ago, during the late Cretaceous period!
Gators have a U shaped snout, while the crocodile has a sharp V shape. Most crocodiles prefer saltwater habitats, while alligators tend to reside in freshwater rivers and lakes. A croc’s teeth can always be seen, even with a closed mouth, while gators can conceal their teeth when their mouths are closed. Crocs are typically larger than alligators and can grow up to 19 ft and can weigh about a ton, whereas an alligator is usually a max of 14 ft and 500 lbs! Given its smaller build, alligators are generally faster than crocodiles and are considered far more docile than the aggressive crocodile.
Final Answer: Our pictured reptile is, in fact, an American Alligator! Both reptiles are on display in our Prehistoric Predators and Prey exhibit, where you can check out these real-life dinosaurs, as well as several other prehistoric artifacts and visuals!
Can you say ~mermaid~ vibes?? 🧜🏻♀️ Well, in reality, it’s more like ~sea snail~ vibes! This #tinytuesday, we’re featuring this gorgeous Red Abalone shell, otherwise known as Mother-of-Pearl, or nacre, which is what gives the shell its iridescent hue! Abalone are marine snails that use their muscular foot grip to cling to rocky surfaces at sublittoral depths! This type of shell is exceptionally rare finds, making abalones very valuable to humans for the use of making jewelry and other gifts! 🐚
Let us be there for your family this school year! 💜
We’re launching Museum Academy Monday, August 17th! The Academy offers a full day program at the museum that will guide children through their remote learning sessions, along with educational support activities created by Museum Educators. The program is designed to assist working parents during the school mandated distant learning and provide an engaging, safe and productive environment for children grades K-12.
The Corpus Christi Museum of Science & History has established the Museum Academy program to help support your family’s unique needs and help reduce the educational disparity caused by COVID-19.
For more information, visit ccmuseum.com and sign-up today!
It’s #throwbackthursday, and we’re featuring one of our neighbors on Chaparral St., the historic and iconic Ritz Theatre! 🎭
The Ritz Theatre, built in 1929, continues to be one of the last remaining historic buildings in Corpus Christi. The gorgeous structure was inspired by the Spanish Renaissance architectural design, which could give guests the ambiance of being in an open-air courtyard. Countless movies, as well as famous musical acts, and performers were featured at the Ritz throughout its many years of operation. Doc McGregor photographed the theatre in its heyday, during the 1930s, 40s, and 50s!
Pictured are various scenes in front of the Ritz Theatre, captured primarily in the 1930s and 40. Today, we’re featuring a snapshot of a crowd gathering outside of the Ritz in 1936 for a performance of “A Midsummer Night’s Dream.” Also featured is a photo of a policeman called “Fritz” standing next to a Ritz Theatre advertisement, plus a few other street scenes! How many of the movies listed on the marquee in these photos have you seen before?
This week’s camp theme is Superhero Academy and Science Behind Super Powers! Our campers have been creating strength potions, learning how to make substances disappear, and using science to transform themselves into real-life superheroes! Sign-up today for our last week of Summer Camp titled Welcome to the MESStival! For more information, please visit ccmuseum.com! 🦸💥
These are difficult times, and we are here as a support for you. We understand that many parents and caretakers need to work, and we know the importance of having a safe, quality program for your children to attend. The Corpus Christi Museum of Science & History’s Super Scientific Summer Camp offers dynamic programming in small groups with outstanding cleanliness and safety protocols.