Lu-Anne Spencer-Hartle

Chief Critter Keeper  (916) 364-2437


Lu-Anne has always been fascinated with water and the critters that live in it. She became especially fond of salamanders when she was 6 years old and her parents brought home an Eastern Newt to help her recover from having her tonsils removed. 

Lu-Anne graduated from Cosumnes River College in 1982 and passed her State Board Examination to become a Licensed Veterinary Technician. For 18 years, she worked with dogs, cats, and every other critter she could find. After attending a Splash field trip with her daughter, Katie, in February 2001, she knew she had to be part of the Splash team. 

Lu-Anne takes care of all the critters in Critterville and raises fairy shrimp and water fleas to provide to classrooms. She thinks the best part of working with Splash is being able to share the rare and wonderful vernal pool ecosystem with Splash kids. 

She loves all the Splash Critters from the graceful fairy shrimp to the magnificent gopher snake. It would be hard for her to pick a favorite critter, but if she had to it would be the California Tiger Salamander.