55 Music Concourse Dr.
Golden Gate Park
San Francisco CA
Regular Hours:


9:30 am – 5:00 pm


11:00 am – 5:00 pm
Members' Hours:


8:30 – 9:30 am


10:00 – 11:00 am

The Academy will be closed on Thanksgiving and Christmas Day.

Planetarium will be closed Sep. 22, 23, 24

Naturalist Notebook 

February 14, 2012

Spotlight On…

Check out this week’s featured specimen!

(Pictured below, really close up!)

Photo: N. Sincero © California Academy of Sciences

Can you guess what it is?

Here are some hints:

  • This animal digs its own burrow for its home.
  • This animal helps with the dispersal of seeds.

Leave us a comment with your answer! Then come see us in the Classroom on Sunday, February 19th at 2:30 pm for Science Story Adventures to see if you’re right and to learn more about this animal. Science Story Adventures is our program for children ages 4 – 8 and their caregivers. In the program, we explore the natural world through stories, specimens, games and crafts.

Filed under: Spotlight On... — nature @ 1:55 pm


  1. Turtle

    Comment by Rosy — February 16, 2012 @ 3:06 pm

  2. A turtle!! :D

    Comment by Pedro — February 16, 2012 @ 3:08 pm

  3. Tortoise

    Comment by kt — February 16, 2012 @ 3:14 pm

  4. tortoise <3

    Comment by debi — February 16, 2012 @ 4:40 pm

  5. Some great guesses this week! To be exact, this week’s specimen was a gopher tortoise (Gopherus polyphemus). To learn about some of the differences between turtles and tortoises, check out this website:
    San Diego Zoo, Reptiles: Turtle & Tortoise.

    To see pictures and videos of gopher tortoises (and to learn more about them), check out these websites:

    ARKive: Gopher tortoise
    Defenders of Wildlife: Gopher Tortoise
    South Carolina Department of Natural Resources: Gopher Tortoise

    Comment by nature — February 19, 2012 @ 4:04 pm

RSS feed for comments on this post. TrackBack URI

Leave a comment

Academy Blogroll