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Posted by gila7150 on October 09, 2002 at 08:32:28:
In Reply to: Animal...Mistreatment? posted by audri on October 05, 2002 at 23:46:35:
:I was recently told by a neighbor that a science teacher at Edgewater High School? is keeping a grown bearded dragon in a 10 or 15 gallon tank, and also has a boa, ball python, corn snake, and garter snake all kept in the same cage. My neighbor's son (a student in the class) also told me that the teacher was offering extra credit to presumably catch and bring in a hognose or kingsnake (student was unsure as to which). I don't know whether the intention would be to keep the snake, or just a show-and-tell sort of thing.
:Anyway, I am a bit upset by this. The neighbor is also upset, but is afraid to say anything for fear that her son may be punished in some way.
:I feel that something should be done, but I'm not sure as to what.
I would go in and talk with the teacher in a non-confrontational way about the set-up of his animals. Let him know that you appreciate that he is exposing his students to herps in the classroom. He may just be ignorant when it comes to proper husbandry and may be willing to make the proper changes if someone brings it to his attention in a pleasant way.
Who knows? If he corrects his husbandry issues, I'm sure there are reptile breeders in the CFHS who would be happy to give a presentation for his class and show off their animals to future herp enthusiasts.