Mysterious and Spooky

With Halloween just around the corner, it’s the perfect time to celebrate some of the Museum Park residents with the creepiest reputations! Fall is a great time to look for spiders. They are active and abundant in the Park during this time of the year. Most spiders will not bite unless disturbed.


Millipedes come in a variety of colors and sizes and are commonly found in the wooded areas of the Park. Though small, these creepy crawlers play a critical role in the Park by decomposing decaying material and actively restoring soils in the Park degraded from years of agriculture.

Northern water snake nestled in poison ivy is enough to frighten anyone! This snake is nonvenomous; however, it is a wild animal and will defend itself if it feels threatened. Poison ivy and well-camouflaged snakes are two good reasons to stay on walking paths in the Park and not walk through the natural planted areas.

Northern water snake nestled in poison ivy

I hope that you enjoyed this selection of creepy critters that call the Museum Park their home. Keep an eye out for them, tag us in your pictures on your social media with @ncartmuseum and #NCMApark, and remember to keep a polite distance. You may seem pretty spooky to them, too!

Rachel Woods
Rachel Woods is director of the Museum Park at the North Carolina Museum of Art.

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