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Posted by ChrisD on February 22, 1999 at 17:25:56:
In Reply to: Re: HERPS IN CLASSROOM please read...I just thought I'd like to share this w/you posted by Jim on February 21, 1999 at 23:25:12:
: I set up a aquarium for each of two teachers and stocked them with a pair of axolotls each. They have both laid eggs since and one batch has hatched and the other is coming along. The students enjoy these salamanders and learn about them and learn how to care for them.
We did the same with african clawed frogs last year. Very effective.
I took the project up on my own because it was requested.
Best way to go, virtually all my food bill comes out of pocket. Which is fine because most of the animals are mine.
I think that 40 different species of reptiles and amphibiums would be too much for one teacher to over see.
When we had our highest level of species maintenance was not a problem(army of kids) our biggest hurdle was feeding herbivorous, insectivorous, and carnivorous herps the proper diet on a daily basis. I was making way to many trips to the store. I have since streamlined the collection and keep virtually 100% carnivorous reptiles now. These animals are all fed a staple diet and it has made caring for a large collection relatively simple.