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Posted by John Hollister on October 18, 1998 at 20:05:15:
In Reply to: Herps in School posted by Mike on October 14, 1998 at 08:49:02:
A middle school here in Abilene, TX has numerous herps in the science room, on loan from me and a math teacher who is a herper.
The panther chameleon was a hit, but the veiled chameleon had a painful grip.
Tarantulas are great to look at, but many are not safe to let crawl on the students.
Any of the getula kingsnakes, rosy boas, other colubrids are generally fine, handleable snakes.
Handling many of the animals is a reward, either for grades, behaviour or other meritorious acts.
Another suggestion: there is a teacher in NC, a member of the NCHS whose name I can't remember, who puts out a newspaper for and written by his class. It is called "U.S. News and Herp Report. In it, students write of observations of various types of animals - spiders, snakes, amphibs,turtles, for inclusion in the paper, which is photocopied on standard sized paper.
I think this is one of the best ideas I've seen yet. It not only gets the students to observe animals (whether in the wild or in the home), but it gets them to think and to write.