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A lesser siren (Siren intermedia texana) at the National Mississippi River Museum and Aquarium in Dubuque, Iowa.

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A sunflower sea star (Pycnopodia helianthoides) at the National Mississippi River Museum and Aquarium in Dubuque, Iowa.

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Ochre sea stars (Pisaster ochraceus) at the National Mississippi River Museum and Aquarium in Dubuque, Iowa.

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An unknown species of sea star at the National Mississippi River Museum and Aquarium in Dubuque, Iowa.

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Purple sea urchins (Strongylocentrotus purpuratus) at the National Mississippi River Museum and Aquarium in Dubuque, Iowa.

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Purple sea urchins (Strongylocentrotus purpuratus) at the National Mississippi River Museum and Aquarium in Dubuque, Iowa.

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A purple sea urchin (Strongylocentrotus purpuratus) at the National Mississippi River Museum and Aquarium in Dubuque, Iowa.

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A sharp-nosed crab (Scyra acutifrons) at the National Mississippi River Museum and Aquarium in Dubuque, Iowa.

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Two Red rain frogs also known as Malagasy rainbow frogs (Scaphiophryne gottlebei) at the National Mississippi River Museum and Aquarium in Dubuque, Iowa.

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Two Speke’s hinge-back tortoises (Kinixys spekii) at the National Mississippi River Museum and Aquarium in Dubuque, Iowa.

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An endangered Black mountain tortoise or Asian forest tortoise (Manouria emys phayrei) at the National Mississippi River Museum and Aquarium in Dubuque, Iowa.

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Two broad-headed skinks (Plestiodon laticeps) at the National Mississippi River Museum and Aquarium in Dubuque, Iowa.

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A mated pair of six-banded armadillos (Euphractus sexcinctus) named Dilla (bigger) and Marty at the National Mississippi River Museum and Aquarium in Dubuque, Iowa.

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A mated pair of six-banded armadillos (Euphractus sexcinctus) named Dilla (bigger) and Marty at the National Mississippi River Museum and Aquarium in Dubuque, Iowa.

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A mated pair of six-banded armadillos (Euphractus sexcinctus) named Dilla (bigger) and Marty at the National Mississippi River Museum and Aquarium in Dubuque, Iowa.

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A mated pair of six-banded armadillos (Euphractus sexcinctus) named Dilla (bigger) and Marty at the National Mississippi River Museum and Aquarium in Dubuque, Iowa.

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A mated pair of six-banded armadillos (Euphractus sexcinctus) named Dilla (bigger) and Marty at the National Mississippi River Museum and Aquarium in Dubuque, Iowa.

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A mated pair of six-banded armadillos (Euphractus sexcinctus) named Dilla (bigger) and Marty at the National Mississippi River Museum and Aquarium in Dubuque, Iowa.

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A Lesser siren (Siren intermedia) at the National Mississippi River Museum and Aquarium in Dubuque, Iowa.

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An Eastern ribbon snake or common ribbon snake (Thamnophis sauritus sauritus) at the National Mississippi River Museum and Aquarium in Dubuque, Iowa.

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An African rock python (Python sebae) at the National Mississippi River Museum and Aquarium in Dubuque, Iowa. This was a confiscated animal, found guarding a meth lab, hence the Aquarium’s possesion of it.

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Three Laos warty newts (Paramesotriton laoensis) at Mississippi River Museum and Aquarium in Dubuque, Iowa.

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A Danube crested newt (Triturus dobrogicus) at the National Mississippi River Museum and Aquarium in Dubuque, Iowa.

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A sunflower seastar (Pycnopodia helianthoides) at the National Mississippi River Museum and Aquarium in Dubuque, Iowa.

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Two ochre sea stars (Pisaster ochraceus) at the National Mississippi River Museum and Aquarium in Dubuque, Iowa.

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An unknown species of sea star at the National Mississippi River Museum and Aquarium in Dubuque, Iowa.

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A Coconut crab (Birgus latro) at the National Mississippi River Museum and Aquarium in Dubuque, Iowa.

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A Sharp-nosed crab or long-armed crab (Scyra acutifrons) at the National Mississippi River Museum and Aquarium in Dubuque, Iowa.

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A Caspian turtle (Mauremys caspica) at the National Mississippi River Museum and Aquarium in Dubuque, Iowa.

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An endangered Chinese big-headed turtle (Platysternon megacephalum megacephalum) at the National Mississippi River Museum and Aquarium in Dubuque, Iowa.

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A Purple sea urchin (Strongylocentrotus purpuratus) at the National Mississippi River Museum and Aquarium in Dubuque, Iowa.

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An elegant hermit crab, Calcinus elegans, at the Blank Park Zoo in Des Moines, Iowa.

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An elegant hermit crab, Calcinus elegans, at the Blank Park Zoo in Des Moines, Iowa.

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A pink sea star, Pisaster brevispinus, at the Blank Park Zoo in Des Moines, Iowa.

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A pink sea star, Pisaster brevispinus, at the Blank Park Zoo in Des Moines, Iowa.

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A purple sea star, Pisaster ochraceus, at the Blank Park Zoo in Des Moines, Iowa.

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