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Reptile and Aquatics: By the Numbers

16 February 2022

While our planet is home to over thirty million species of animals that look very different on the outside, our biology is often more similar than different, especially at the level of cells and genes. Studying the biological processes of animals allows researchers to find answers to fundamental questions that in turn contribute to our biological knowledge base and provide insight to human and animal health and disease.

The Stowers Reptile and Aquatics Facility provides the Institute’s scientists with the technical support for its non-mammalian research organisms. The technicians are specially trained to assist researchers with colony management, animal identification, breeding, tissue sampling, technical services, and cryopreservation. Whether it is self-regenerating flatworms, fluorescent sea anemones, or blind cavefish, it takes the attention of many dedicated individuals to provide the exemplary care for these research animals.

Reptile and Aquatics: By the Numbers

Crickets used as feed for the reptile colonies annually

Fertilized cavefish eggs collected in the past year


Planaria flatworms shipped from Stowers to other research institutions annually

Sea anemones


Reptile eggs produced last year

Zebrafish tanks in use

Apple snails


Team members

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