Sample 3D Models

As proof of concept, below are several sample 3D models of various organisms.  Over the coming year, as we travel to zoos, and various field locations, we will provide more models, and also more features, such as downloading, scale bars, and more!  The models posted are reduced in size to allow posting - if you would like to access the full-resolution models, or wish to know more about the specimens (sizes, etc) please contact us.

Please note that we NOW ALLOW downloads of all 3D Models - however, before doing so, the user should be aware that all uses should be for non-profit, creative and/or educational use.  Any commercial use should be discussed with our team (email Duncan Irschick at irschick@bio.umass.edu) - To download models, you will have to visit our Digital Life Sketchfab site, which can be accessed by clicking on the Digital Life Symbol at the upper left of each model. 


Instructions: Click on each photo to load the 3D model




Emperor Scorpion

The emperor scorpion (Pandinus imperator) is one of the largest scorpions in the world. Widely kept as pets, this West African species occurs in rainforest and savanna habitats.

Blacktip Shark

The blacktip shark (Carcharhinus limbatus) is a mid-sized, highly active piscivore, and is found worldwide in warmer coastal waters.  In some regions, this species is actively sought after as a game fish due to their willingness to fight when hooked.

Gehyra Gecko

Commonly known as the mutilated gecko for its ability to shed skin when grabbed, Gehyra vorax is a highly arboreal species that occupies large trees native to Southeast Asia.


Heliconia Flower

Heliconia represent a genus of flowering plants widely distributed in tropical regions of the Americas and also on some islands in the Pacific.  Known for their beauty and striking form, these flowers are distinctive members of many tropical habitats.

Birch Fungus

This is one of the most common bracket fungi.  This fungus grows on birch trees and occurs in the Northern Hemisphere.

Oak Gall

Oak gall, such as caused by the bacteria Agrobacterium tumefasciens cause large and notable swellings of tree tissue.


Tokay Gecko

The Tokay Gecko (Gekko gecko) is one of the largest living gecko species.  Known for its powerful bite, and its willingness to defend itself, the bright colors of this species make it a popular pet.

Moorish Gecko

The Moorish gecko (Tarentola mauritanica) occurs widely in a range of xeric habitats in the Mediterranean and Northern Africa.  This species has invaded a number of different areas and is commonly kept as a pet.

One-Lined Gecko

The one-lined gecko (Gekko vittatus) is a highly arboreal species that can be found high in trees in its native Southeast Asian habitats.  One of the most distinctive features of this species are its large toepads, which it uses to climb.


Madagascar Hissing Cockroach

The Madagascar Hissing Cockroach (Gromphadorhina portentosa) is a flightless insect that lives among the forest floor.  Its characteristic hissing sound is used in mating rituals and during rival male fights. 

Cuvier's Dwarf Caiman

Cuvier's dwarf caiman (Paleosuchus palpebrosus) is a small crocodilian from northern and central South America in the alligator family. It lives near fast flowing rivers and streams.