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Posted by ECO on July 29, 2001 at 17:33:07:
In Reply to: Snakes in the classroom posted by tamu83rj on July 23, 2001 at 23:27:06:
: I have the following in my classroom. 1 amel and 1 normal het cornsnake, 1 choc. banded kingsnake, 2 wild caught grey rats, 2 wild caught eastern hognose, 1 ball python, and 1 western hognose. Along with the snakes, I also have 2.2 three-toed box turtles. My students have really showed a lot of interest in the reptiles, as well as many of them getting over their fear of snakes.
I've said it before, and I'll say it again...EDUCATION IS THE KEY !!! Many of the problems we have as herpers today are caused by the lack of education, or outright MIS-EDUCATION of those who make and enforce the laws, those who are entrusted with our childrens education, and the parents themselves. (there are some exceptions) As an environmental educator myself, I see it everyday.... REMEMBER, children learn, for better or worse, what they are exposed to as they grow....Teach them fear and ignorance, and they will pass that on to their own children, teach them respect and understanding, and we will have a future where people don't intentionally swerve to HIT a snake crossing the road, and where it will still be legal to own herps too. At the rate we are going, WE NEED ALL THE HELP WE CAN GET! So,...THANK YOU for showing enough concern for our children to teach them the truth.
And keep up the good work. ECO