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Think Inside the Box
Snakes

In our busy day-to-day life, a little privacy is a good thing. Just imagine living in a “glass house” with nowhere to hide. Things are bound to get stressful sooner or later. Our reptiles often need a place to relax and “re-wind”. Instead of sending them to resorts or health spas, we give them their very own hide box. These provide a private, secure place for them to rest or sleep without prying eyes.

$ 5.00
Number needed: 16/18

Think Inside the Box
Snakes

In our busy day-to-day life, a little privacy is a good thing. Just imagine living in a “glass house” with nowhere to hide. Things are bound to get stressful sooner or later. Our reptiles often need a place to relax and “re-wind”. Instead of sending them to resorts or health spas, we give them their very own hide box. These provide a private, secure place for them to rest or sleep without prying eyes.

$ 7.00
Number needed: 17/18

Shower anyone
Amphibians and reptiles

Have you ever tried to keep an area indoors a bit more humid? That's what we sometimes need to do for our animals held indoors. These industrial strength spray bottles are just the tool to make that job easier. They last quite awhile, but when the sprayer head wears out, we can re-order only the spray part, since the bottle is usually still in good shape. Our way of being green.$7.00/12.

$ 7.00
Number needed: 1/3

It’s the PITS
Rattlesnakes

No, it’s actually not the PITS, but rather a passive integrated transponder chip to provide our guest rattlesnakes with a unique alphanumeric identifying number for easy future identification. The same microchip your vet uses on your dog or cat.

$ 8.00
Number needed: 30/30

Super Hero Storage!
Field trip

If Superman were to go in the field to collect reptiles he’d need a “super” way to safely store them until he got back to the Museum. That’s where Sup-R-Bags come in pretty handy. These tough, rip-stop, all nylon reptile bags are both strong and translucent so we can see into the bag (almost like superman) to make sure the animal contained within the bag is doing OK. They are lightweight and easy to carry as well, for us mere “mortals”.

$ 9.00
Number needed: 24/24

Vegetable bins
Vegetarian reptiles

Reptiles have no pockets--makes it tough to transport that food. Give them a hand--better yet, how about a dozen vegetable bins? Give our scaly friends a chance to say, "Bin there, done that!"

$ 13.00
Number needed: 7/12

Wow it’s hot!
Lizards

Tucson has four seasons--Early Summer, Summer, Late Summer, Next Summer.Help us keep track of the temperatures in our lizard enclosures with a min/max thermometer that will ensure just the right lizard-friendly conditions weather...a balmy summer day all year long!

$ 15.00
Number needed: 6/7

A little bit of sun please
Lizards and frogs

One of the most important factors in keeping reptiles and amphibians healthy in captivity is to make sure they get enough UV radiation. Just like people, some reptiles and amphibians need UV light to produce vitamin D for proper bone formation and maintenance.

$ 25.00
Number needed: 11/12

Give us a Hand..
Reptile Keepers

Our hands sometimes take quite a beating working with the various cages and critters in our everyday workplace. A new pair of work gloves goes a long, long way towards keeping our hands silky smooth…well, at least not torn to threads.

$ 25.00
Number needed: 6/6

Kitchen knife
Vegetarian reptiles

Even reptiles need their salad and greens, a few great kitchen knife will help us keep their menu fresh and enticing.

$ 29.00
Number needed: 4/4

A little bit of sun please
Lizards and frogs

One of the most important factors in keeping reptiles and amphibians healthy in captivity is to make sure they get enough UV radiation. Just like people, some reptiles and amphibians need UV light to produce vitamin D for proper bone formation and maintenance. Some reptiles need the UV plus the heat they get with a 160 Watt an incandescent bulb.

$ 50.00
Number needed: 12/12

Chop Chop
caterpillars

Help us keep our animal exhibits looking fresh and natural with the basic model Felco Pruners. These pruners are top quality and can be repaired when needed, rather than throwing them into a landfill if something breaks. We can cut fresh plants to add to our naturalistic habitats, even when the animals are exhibited indoors.

$ 55.00
Number needed: 2/2

Forks, knifes and tongs?
Venomous snakes

Our snake keepers need to keep their hands where they belong--away from snakes! Help out reptile keepers retire with a full set of digits by providing them with these super tongs for handling rattlesnakes.

$ 85.00
Number needed: 3/3

Can I come too?
New Fishes

Getting new fishes can be quite a journey when you are in the middle of the desert. Making sure they have a safe trip without overheating is very important. Transporting them in their own dedicated cooler is the perfect way to ensure they enjoy the trip to their new home at the Desert Museum

$ 200.00
Number needed: 2/2

Where am I?
Collection Keepers

Field herpetologists go anywhere, but can they return? Some are natural field naturalists--but, alas, some of us get lost in a revolving door. Help us! We need a GPS navigation system. Help us return to the museum we love!

$ 230.00
Number needed: 1/1

Spin, Spin, Spin
Veterinary care

While doing reptile and amphibian health checks, we occasionally need to spin samples down for lab tests. This is made much easier with a Vanguard Compact Centrifuge model V-6500.

$ 269.00
Number needed: 1/1

Let There Be More Light
Collection Keepers

Reptile road trips are important when we are studying animals in the field. One technique we use is “road-cruising”. This means that we spend hours and hours driving over back desert roads at night in hope of finding reptiles that have crawled out onto the road where they can easily be seen. At least that’s the general idea. But it’s hard to see the animals if you have very dim headlights on your vehicle. We are one of the “unlucky” ones with just such a vehicle. Half the time it’s hard to tell if the headlights are really on at all. What we need is a good set of off-road lights so that we can see the animals in the road in front of us. So, please…”let there be more light”.

$ 320.00
Number needed: 1/1

How’s The Weather Out There?
Moths and Beetles

Many of our field studies involve recording various weather conditions like temperature, humidity, barometric pressure, and wind-speed. It would be great if we could carry a weather station around with us but we usually don’t have that much “extra” space available. There is actually a miniature portable weather station called a Kestrel. It’s about the size of a cell phone and makes recording these weather conditions a “breeze”. Don’t just talk about it, here’s your chance to finally do something about the weather…

$ 350.00
Number needed: 1/1

Am I too fat?
Reptiles

Believe it or not, even snakes need an annual check-up and part of that process is determining what each animal weighs. To record accurate weight readings and to ensure are animals are lean and looking their sleek-best we'd love it if you would weigh in with a new scale.

$ 465.00
Number needed: 1/1

It’s hot! But it’s a dry heat.
Bug greenhouse

This dry heat is not the best for all the animals we work with, Some have sensitive needs let us recreate the tropical climate that some of them need by adding lots of moisture to our greenhouse. The aquafog machine will bring back the glow to their skin.

$ 575.00
Number needed: 1/1

Can I play with the other fishes?
Fishes

New fishes need to spend some time alone in quarantine before they can swim with the others. These 235- gallon tanks and dedicated filters are the easiest way to make sure we don’t end up with a tank full sniffling little fish.

$ 1305.00
Number needed: 2/2

For additional information contact Camille Pons, Development Officer, 520/883-3055, cpons@desertmuseum.org
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