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Small Animals

Residents at the Folsom City Zoo Sanctuary range in size from the tiniest snake to the largest black bear.  You can't miss the bigger residents, but sometimes you really have to look for the smaller ones like the raccoons.

By day wild raccoons generally retire to denning or resting sites. Watch raccoon body language. Raccoon "hands" are sensitive enough to pick out even the smallest edible morsels. Male Crash (former hit by car victim and not releaseable), has adjusted to his new home here at Folsom City Zoo Sanctuary. If you look closely you will see he has lost the tip of his left ear.

Funk and Stinky Pete
Skunk Funk and Stinky Pete reside in the Miners Shack. This replica of a California foothill Gold Rush mining camp is the result of many people's imagination and efforts.

All are native nocturnal animals common around mining camps.


Small mammals

Other small mammals at the zoo include domestic rabbits Kevin and Bella, squirrels Nesse and Helen, and Ferrets Cinnamon and August, and Prairie dog Holly.

Local nutcracker -- gray squirrel - [seiurus carolinensis]
All squirrels belong to the rodent family which have two pairs of large incisors for cracking nuts. In North America, they are grouped as tree squirrels and ground squirrels. In California, the most commonly seen tree squirrels are the gray squirrel – whose color can grange from gray to black – and the non-native fox squirrel which has rusty reddish fur. Tree squirrels use tree cavities and leaf nests as dens. Their diet depends on different foods available each season, with acorns being eaten and stored as a winter food source. Squirrels will not store acorns with bugs in them. Their sense of smell is so keen that they recognize these as spoiled and reject them. Most babies are born in the spring, but it is not uncommon for a second litter to be born in the fall. Babies are born hairless with an average of three to a litter.

Born in August 2005, Nesse (below) is an Eastern Gray squirrel - she was raised by wildlife rehabbers, not native to the west coast she could not be released into the wild again. Nesse loves to build nests with shredded cardboard boxes and newspaper. She keeps herself very busy.  Western Gray Squirrel Helen shares her exhibit.

Reptiles and Bugs

The zoo's resident snakes, Cleo, Lucy, Flick and Skink Solomon,  and Desert toirtoise Lily, and 4 Madagascar cockroaches live at the zoo and are a part of the zoo's teaching programs and outreach.  The new reptile exhibit displays Skink Solomon and Snake Lucy. 


Madagascar Hissing Cockroaches



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