Be transported to the USA and discover the different species who call the second longest river in North America their home. The Mississippi River and the flood plains surrounding it have become a complex eco-system that many different fish, birds and mammals are reliant on. 25% of all fish species living in North America can be found in the Mississippi River which amounts to around 280 different kinds of fish. There are also 145 reptiles and amphibian species who can be found at the Upper end of the Mississippi River most notably the Mississippi Map Turtle who’s name originates from the distinct markings resemble the contour lines on the map of the area surrounding the river. They are also notorious for being a little overly friendly so please don’t put your fingers near the them or you might leave with a little love bite.
The Mississippi River is home to many fish, however there are more and more invasive species being introduced, many of whom are much bigger fresh water fish who are native to the Amazon. Many hobbyists buy these fish when they are small and do not anticipate the size that they grow to and have to get rid of them which sometimes leads to them being placed into different rivers along the US. Some of these types of invasive species can be seen in our River Giants display and I’m sure you can image the fright our Plecos would get if they came face to face with one of these monsters.
Current Water Temp23°C / 73.4°F
Climate / Biome
In This Exhibit
3 turtles, 3 fish
Where are we?
The Mississippi is an iconic part of the region and has been used as a setting for many novels most famously The Adventures of Tom Sawyer and in movies. There is also a rich musical history that surrounds the area especially around New Orleans which is seen as the birthplace of modern Jazz Music. Although it is an amazing natural habitat it can be dangerous and is the grave site of the first European to discover it as the Spanish explorer did not realise how quickly the river could flood in the wet season and was drowned in the waters.