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Posted by Joel M. on January 26, 1999 at 14:10:28:
In Reply to: Suggestion for animals in classroom posted by MHill on January 22, 1999 at 17:13:07:
I teach biology courses for South Plains College in Levelland, Texas.
So I'm pretty close to where you are, and I'm familiar with keeping animals from this area.
The suggestions you've received so far are good. I currently keep some of these same animals in my college lab room.
And they are popular with my students.
Corn snakes, ball pythons, leopard geckos are good choices.
I have a cage set up with a mixture of anoles and treefrogs that works well. Use a submursible filter such as a Duetto
to keep the water cleaner. I also have a waterfall and live plants in that particular terrarium.
I raise mice for the snakes, and I raise mealworms. I buy crickets and fly maggots both in bulk quantities from wholesalers.
Local varieties such as the Great Plains Rat snake, Bullsnake, and Desert Kingsnakes are common species. A tiger salamander in a moist habitat (wet wood chips) with a large water bowl for soaking
can be a good pet. Be sure the kids wet their hands before handling it.
Be sure the kids wash with an anti-bacterial soap after handling animals. Get the kids involved in the routine cage cleanings, that should help you.
More questions, e-mail me directly.