Rot Room Fact Sheet

Explore how the continuity of life depends upon the processes of rot and decomposition. Watch

live animal and plant decomposers at work to discover how rot and decay cycle nutrients and

energy back into the environment. Everything living is recycled to enable a new life to grow.

Exhibit Highlights:

  • See maggots, flesh-eating beetles, camel crickets, sow bugs, millipedes and roaches at work breaking down organisms in a rotting log.
  • Watch time-enhanced video to see organisms consume a jack o’lantern, rabbit carcass, rat and strawberries.

(*For a description of insects found in the Rot Room, see Animals fact sheet.)

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