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       Year 6: Zoolabs Visit


       Year 6: Zoolabs Visit

          

Have you ever held an African Land Snail?  Well, I hadn’t until my class had a Zoolab ranger visit.  On 1st February we were met by a lovely lady called Heather.  She told us we would learn all about the animals she had brought in and even have a chance to hold them.  Firstly, she showed us an African Snail, Alan.  He was about 12 inches long and still growing.  He would live in the rainforest on the leaf covered floor.  He had two eyes but his eyesight isn’t very good because they rely on their two noses to find their way.  We all had the chance to hold Alan and he left slime on our hands, we were told to rub it in because it is like a moisturiser.   Next, Heather showed us a Giant African Millipede called Gavin.  He was about 15 cm long but back when dinosaurs were around he could have been 8 feet long but due to less oxygen in the air they now can’t.  After Gavin, Heather came round with a Chilean Rose Tarantula called Tilly; she had to stay in the box for if she got scared she would flick her hair which irritates skin like a stinging nettle.  She lives in a burrow so does not need good eyesight so relies on her legs to feel around.  She is fairly fragile so builds webs on the ground.  Then, Heather got out an 8 year old tortoise called Henry.  He is a reptile because he has scales, he is cold blooded and hatched out of an egg. 

In the wild he would live in the desert; he is able to store up water and has legs instead of flippers.  Finally we met, Ruby, the corn snake.

I enjoyed the visit but would also like to meet a bird or amphibian.  By Oliver 6AK