Striker spent the first 31 years of his life in a biology classroom at Placer High School in Auburn. Biology teacher, Doug Stryker always invited his students to bring things to class like rocks, frogs, bugs, etc. He was a bit surprised when, in the spring of 1982, a student brought a baby rattlesnake in a coffee can.
Tigger was found near Monterey, California by the UC Davis research study team. Her favorite food was crickets, but she also enjoyed earthworms. Tigger became part of a study done at UC Davis involving the California Tiger Salamander and another type of Tiger Salamander from Texas.
Yertle and her siblings were just hatching, when a homeowner digging a small backyard pond with a tractor, scooped up their entire nest. All the neighborhood children took one of the baby turtles home. Before coming to Splash, Yertle spent time as a family pet and one year in a science classroom. Yertle was thought to be a male until “he” laid four unfertilized eggs one spring. That was quite a surprise!