Step into the cool, dark interior of Little Critter Cave. This cave was made just so visitors can go where they have never dared go before- into the deep, dark depths of a wild cave.
From the entrance zone into the twilight and then into the dark zone, you will meet wiggly, wonderful creatures: a bat, salamander, cave fish, and more. Who are these strangers? How can a cave be a home? And, what does poop have to do with it? Step in and find answers!
Caves are full of opportunities for adventure! At the Cook Museum, little ones can crawl by the wood rat’s midden or slip through Old Man Kelton's Squeeze – this includes wheelchairs!
Caves are also full of treasures. Can you find the secret stash squirreled away by a cave-dwelling mouse? What about cave formations like soda straws, cave bacon, or cave pearls?
Inside the Caves exhibit, visitors have the opportunity to have a seat on some flowstone formations in Daisy’s Gallery – something you would never want to sit on in a live cave. Stick around in Daisy’s Gallery, and you may experience different presentations on caves, including the secret world of troglofauna (cave-dwelling creatures).
In a wild cave, what troglofauna might you find? Throughout a cave, you may spot raccoons, salamanders, crickets, bats, or see-thru crayfish, just to name a few!
Alabama has its own cave fish. He is blind, hauntingly white, and has been documented in only one cave in the entire world.
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