Children's Aquarium at Fair Park News

Children's Aquarium at Fair Park News

Old Alligator Snapping Turtle Now Named “Spike”
Feb 20, 2012

The ancient alligator snapping turtle at the Children’s Aquarium at Fair Park now answers to the name “Spike” thanks to Aaron Carey and his family of Lewisville. The Carey family received passes to the Children’s Aquarium for a year and the first Adopt-An-Animal package with the turtle’s new name. Carey and his wife Lucy have three children, ages 4 1/2, 3, and 16 months.

“My wife heard about the contest and said I should submit a name for a chance to win the passes because it would be fun to take the kids,” Carey said. “After doing some research on alligator snapping turtles and seeing all the spikes on their shells and body, I came up with the name ‘Spike’. Looking at him on your website and Google images, ‘Spike’ just seemed to be a good fit.

More than 700 entries were received for the contest. Carey’s name was drawn from those that suggested ‘Spike’.

Admission is $8 for ages 12-64; $6 for ages 3-11 and 65+; free for ages 2 and younger. Stingray food is $2 per cup. The Children’s Aquarium at Fair Park is open every day of the week from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The Aquarium is located at 1462 First Ave. in the shadow of the Texas Star Ferris wheel. For more information, please call 496.554.7340 or visit