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Snapping Turtle

The Common Snapping Turtle (Chelydra serpentina) The largest freshwater turtle found in Virginia, the common snapping turtle can reach a shell length of over 19 inches and weigh up to 75 pounds! its long tail with recognizable saw-tooth keels makes it distinctive from other aquatic…


Chesapeake Chuck is the Virginia Living Museum resident groundhog. Watch for him every February 2nd when he predicts Hampton Roads weather with WAVY-TV Meteorologist, Jeremy Wheeler. The ability of the famous Punxsutawney Phil to accurately forecast weather may be questionable, but early February is a good…


The climb-in turtle is a favorite with kids and adults. It is located on the upper level of the Museum.


See the LOVEwork at the Virginia Living Museum, created as part of the museum’s 50th anniversary celebration in 2016. The L shows the otter on the museum’s logo, representing the many mammals, birds, fish, reptiles and amphibians native to Virginia on exhibit at the VLM….


The interactive forest log sculpture is located on the lower level of the Museum, outside the Cypress Swamp exhibit.


“Heroic Size Frog” is a favorite for kids to touch and climb on. The sculpture was created by William H. Turner and is located on the lower level of the museum outside of the Cypress Swamp exhibit.. William H. Turner and David H. Turner, father…

Gateway to Nature

Artisans in the sheet metal shop at Newport News Shipbuilding designed and created wildlife-themed gates “The Gateway to Nature” for the Virginia Living Museum’s Conservation Gardens in August 2009. Designed by Production Control Planner Kenny Edwards, the gates contain more than a dozen animals in…

Great Blue Heron Pair

“Great Blue Heron Pair” honors long-time Museum supporter Mari Ann Banks in celebration of her 75th birthday on February 17, 2017. The sculpture was created by David H. Turner and gifted by Charles A. Banks the III. It is located in front of the waterfall…

Fisherman II

The otter sculpture named “Fisherman II” is dedicated to Page Hayhurst for her hard-work and leadership as Executive Director from 2005-2016. The sculpture was created by David H. Turner and is located next to the otter habitat. William H. Turner and David H. Turner, father…