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Old 01-03-2020, 11:24 PM
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Hi, I work in a Primary school in Worcestershire. I have always had a love of nature and have tried to bring my enthusiasm into school and share with our children.

We are a small school but have already managed to get some grants that have enabled us to make a start. Currently we have 2 goats, a pair of Crested Gecko’s + 2 babies, 2 Indian Star tortoises, Giant Millepede, Sun beetles, Madagascan hissing cockroach, Macleays Spectre stick insects and giant leaf insects. Also have 3 hives and a pond (We do also have children too).

I have some money left and am looking for some other animals to add to the collection.

I would love to add a type of amphibian, an arachnid and maybe another reptile.

Being in a school the animals would obviously have to be placid to handle or just amazing to observe if unhandleable.
Not sure I could feed mice etc so snake is unfortunately a no go but there must be lots out there to capture their imaginations.

Any ideas and recommendations gratefully recieved.

Thanks for taking time to read all that too
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Old 02-03-2020, 08:25 AM
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This is easy ..

An axolotl !!






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Old 02-03-2020, 10:03 AM
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Axolotl is a great shout!
Otherwise, something good to observe and generally placid to handle would be a Bearded Dragon perhaps? Theyre always active and usually follow you up and down the tank scratching at the glass... easy to look after too! And generally pretty cheap!

Love the idea of this in a school. My lads teacher is always asking me for snake sheds i think its great!


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Old 02-03-2020, 02:23 PM
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Axolotls would be good in a classroom, so long as you can keep the water cool for them (some schools can be incrediably warm!) Some schools also choose to let a pair breed so the kids can see the eggs develop then hatch into young and then contiune to develop from tadpoles to miniture axolotls. I've raised a clutch and it is facinating watching them grow!

Bearded dragon would be good too, as they are handlable and there are loads that are avilable to be rehomed.
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Old 02-03-2020, 06:42 PM
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Thanks everyone, I think the Axcelotl sound like a plan. I’ll look into these, can you handle them?

I’ve thought about Beardies before but quite a few of the kids have them as pets so looking for something a bit different.

On my potential list are
Brazilian Black Tarantula
Whip scorpion
Uromastyx
Blue tongued skink
Other smaller oddball inverts (recommendations please)

Any input on the above would be great and thanks for the help so far.
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Old 02-03-2020, 07:25 PM
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What happens to the animals during school holidays? Even over the weekend does someone check on the Indian Stars' vivariums as they are really quite a specialised species of tortoise?
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Old 02-03-2020, 07:28 PM
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I work holidays and in weekends with the goats anyway so all looked after.
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Old 02-03-2020, 07:48 PM
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Axolotls would be good in a classroom, so long as you can keep the water cool for them (some schools can be incrediably warm!)
I would also worry about this. In winter I keep mine in an unheated room because when the heating is on the tanks would get far too warm very quickly.

I have a feeling the classroom would be far too warm in winter, possibly even in summer
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Old 07-03-2020, 11:14 PM
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A small Paludarium with some Geosarma sp. freshwater crabs could be interesting for the kids to look at as they are quite active and have some interesting behaviours. They are small, brightly coloured and totally freshwater whilst also not requiring a lot of maintenance.
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Old 07-03-2020, 11:24 PM
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Thanks for that. I’ll look into the cost of setting up the Paludarium with some crabs. Looks great and definitely ticks alot of the boxes, will just need to see how much it will cost.
Thanks everyone for your suggestions
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