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28 Jan 2022
Zoo Lab visit in Primary 4

zoo 4 sOn 12 January, Rob from Zoo Lab visited us with his special friends. It was after a long time that we were having a visit so we were very excited! The first animal that Rob showed us was Shelly, The Giant African Snail. Shelley was adorable. Shelley came with her friend Turbo. Turbo was very shy and did not want to come out of his shell. Turbo was moving slowly in the box whilst Shelley was being held. Shelley was very slow and popped up her antennae every now and then. The bottom of her body felt a tiny bit bumpy. Shelley and Turbo had hard shells but they had a soft and slimy body. Shelley was really dirty and left dirt on my hand! We learnt that the giant African snails have three noses and all of their teeth are on their tongue. We also learnt that the tip of their shells as adults is how big they were as babies.  

Next, we met a Madagascan hissing cockroach called Jason. Jason hisses when he is scared to trick his predators into thinking that he is a snake. He can eat anything and can be frozen for a year and still survive! There was a Chilean Rose tarantula called Tilly. Tilly was covered in hair and we were not allowed to hold her because her hair could make us really itchy. If dropped from a certain height she can die, so we need to be very gentle with her. She was a small tarantula. We learnt that male tarantulas live for about 5 years and the females for 30 years. The female spiders usually eat the males. Yucky! Gruesome!  

Rob also showed us a royal python called William. A python can choke you and make you go purple! They are not all poisonous. Did you know that snakes are vertebrates? Although they are very bendy, they do have a backbone! It has a special ability to sense if an animal is around by detecting the body heat. Mr Tubbs, the frog was very cute. We learnt that we need really clean hands to handle it because its skin is very delicate and can get easily damaged. It can jump up to 2 metres high. We really enjoyed getting to know all these vertebrates and invertebrates. Thank you, Zoo Lab!  
 

by Abigail, Bronwyn, Elizabeth and Isabelle in Primary 4 

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