Science Lab

The Science Lab is where hands-on science happens at IMAS. The Education Department’s qualified staff is there to answer any questions about science that visitors may have and to help visitors try out various  science experiments.
The lab also has an array of live animals; 
a bearded dragon lizard, ball python, leopard gecko, pink toed tarantula, slider turtles, mice and several native fish that enable us to teach visitors about various aspects of natural science including self-sustainable habitats.

The Science Lab is funded by the McAllen Public Utility which enables IMAS to  help teach the public about the importance water conservation.


Bearded Dragon Lizard Pogona vitticeps

Joining IMAS in June 2016, Ryujin is a Science Lab favorite. Bearded dragons are native to arid rocky areas of Australia. They use their brown color to camouflage with the desert sand. Ryujin may look scary because of his spikes but don’t let that fool you,
he is one spoiled reptile. Ryujin is an omnivore.  He eats crickets, mealworms, fruits and vegetables.



Ball Python Python regius

Binky is the Science Lab’s oldest reptile resident.  She has been here at IMAS since October 2002. Native to Africa, ball pythons live in the dry grasses of the Savanna desert and along forest edges.  Ball pythons are not active snakes; Binky tends to remain hidden under her favorite log in a ball like state.  This is due to the fact that she is nocturnal.  She is a carnivore but due to her age she exclusively eats frozen mice every 7-10 days.


Leopard Gecko Eublepharis macularius

Donated in November 2013, Gobi is our leopard skin gecko.  These geckos inhabit arid regions, rocky deserts and sparse grasslands in Pakistan and Afghanistan but here in the museum you can find this nocturnal reptile sleeping on the sand.  His large, delicate tail can come off and provide a way to escape if predators come near.  No worries, it can grow back.  Gobi is an insectivore, eating crickets every other morning.  If you find him awake, you might see him digging in the sand.