We share our classrooms and learning areas with a number of different small animals.
We have a cold water aquarium with a community of White Cloud Mountain Minnows, Barbs, Danios and Platys.
Giant African Land Snails
Our Giant African Land Snails now live in the foyer and can be observed and studied in the 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!" 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