We share our classrooms and learning areas with a number of different small animals.
In 'The Snug' we have a cold water aquarium with a community of White Cloud Mountain Minnows, Barbs, Danios and Platys.
Giant African Land Snails
Shelly, Sheldon and Mi-shell are our Giant African Land Snails. They currently live in Y3 Birch Class and can be observed and studied in their tank by the children. They can also be handled with adult supervision (followed by handwashing).
"I think they are nice gentle creatures. They move slowly so they are less likely to escape, but one or two have tried!" Megan
Interesting Giant African Snail facts:
- Giant African Land Snails are native to Ghana, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, and various other countries along Africa’s west coast.
- Giant African land snails are, as the name implies, much larger than the UK native snails that you will find in the garden
- They can grow to a length of around 18cm long or even more.
- Their shell can grow as large as the size of a closed fist.
"I think that they are wild, lovely creatures who we can care for on our planet." Agnes
"I like watching them crawl up the glass tank. I stroked its shell." James
Indian Stick Insects
Our original family of stick insects lived in Y6 Sycamore Class and after they increased in number, we now also have stick insect families in Y2 Beech and YR Willow Classes too.
Interesting stick insect facts:
- Our stick insects eat leaves, they especially like leaves from Oak trees, Hawthorn, Ivy and Privet.
- They will reach a length of approximately 8 – 12cms as adults and can live for between 6 – 12 month
- Stick Insects are nocturnal. This means they are most active at night. This is because in the wild it’s safer to feed at night away from predators.
- In the wild these insects are found in tropical forests of southern India.
- If threatened by predators or if they feel endangered they will fake death by becoming rigid with their legs held along the line of their body, other times they may be found swaying to mimic the movement of foliage in the wind