Spotted Turtle

Spotted Turtle

Spotted turtles are omnivorous (eats both animal and plant foods) and feeds primarily underwater. Spotted turtles are active all day long in early spring. The sex of the hatchling is determined by nest temperature at specific times during the incubation period. Cooler temperatures produce males and warmer temperatures produce females.

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Catering at the Zoo

Zoo Etiquette

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Animals have feelings, too. Please do not throw objects, tap or bang on exhibit glass or play radios in the zoo.

Our keepers prepare special meals for all of the animals. Please do not share your food with them.

There are many beautiful things growing throughout our zoo. Help us keep them alive for all to enjoy by not climbing the trees, picking flowers or disturbing the landscape. We also ask that you refrain from climbing the rocks.

Please respect the fences throughout the zoo, as they are for the safety and protection of both our guests and our animals.

If someone is acting inappropriately or dangerously, they may be escorted from the zoo.  If you see someone acting in this manner, please contact a member of the staff immediately.

You may not see every animal when you visit the zoo, and their locations are subject to change. The zoo does not issue rain checks or refunds, but please come back and visit us soon.

Photography Policy

We welcome you to take photographs and video of your experience at the zoo for personal use. During your visit you may be photographed or filmed by the zoo or authorized parties. Your attendance/admission serves as permission for use of these images by the zoo. Commercial photography or filming is prohibited without permission. If you intend on taking photographs for professional or commercial use, please contact our public relations department at (315) 435-8511 x8534.

Smoking Policy

The Rosamond Gifford Zoo is a tobacco-free, smoke-free and vape-free facility. For the safety of our visitors and animals, the zoo does not permit smoking, or the use of any other tobacco or related products, in zoo buildings or on zoo grounds. We appreciate your cooperation.

Pet Policy

Pets are not permitted on zoo grounds, in the parking lot or in cars. For the health and safety of our animals, only on-duty service animals are permitted to visit the zoo.

Service Animal Policy

Please see our policy here.

Onondaga County does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, gender or gender identity, sexual orientation, or disability in employment or the provision of services. Links: Onondaga County's policy, complaint process, and language assistance or disability access issues.