In Reception and Nursery we had a visit from Rob from Animals UK and the children learnt interesting facts about the animals and we were even able to touch and hold them. They showed us a Python, Caiman (small crocodile), Tortoise, Bearded Dragon, Barn Owl, Meerkat, Skunk and a Tarantula.
The snake was a Burmese python called William and he was 6 years old and 4 metres long. They are from Asia and live in the jungle. He could grow to 6 metres and live to be 50 years old. They are the third biggest snake in the world and they move using their muscles. The python flicks his tongue because he smells with it to catch animals to eat. They can open their mouths twice as wide as their bodies. William weighed 14 kilos he was very heavy.
The Caiman is a small type of crocodile and he was called Desmond. He is 3 years old and will grow to be 7 feet. He is from South America and lives in the Amazon Rainforest. They have sharp teeth and three eyelids. One eyelid is clear for them to see under water. They live on land and in the water. Their ears are holes behind their eyes on top of their head. Their back feet have webbing to help them swim fast and can hold their breath for half an hour underwater. They grow new teeth if they lose one and can live to be 60 years old.
The Tortoise was called Daisy and was 13 years old. They are from Africa and can live to be 140 years old. Their shells are very strong to protect them from other animals.
The bearded dragon was called Danny and he was 8 years old. They are from Australia and like to eat insects. He has a flap of skin that goes backwards and looks like a beard. He has scales, sharp claws and a long tail.
The Barn Owl was called Dexter and he was 6 years old. He is nocturnal and likes to hunt small animals like mice. They are good at hunting because they have very sensitive ears that allows them to hear a heartbeat of a mouse from a long distance.
The Meerkat was called Kofi he was 2 years old. They live in South Africa in burrows with lots of other Meerkats called a mob. They like to catch small creatures to eat like scorpions and millipedes. Rob from Animals Uk helped film ‘Animals with cameras’ which will be shown on TV next week.
The Skunk was called Leonard and he was 2 years old. Skunks are from North America. He sprays a bad smell when he is frightened. He is a brown and white skunk and they eat insects, fruit, vegetables and fish. They are nocturnal and dig burrows in the ground.
The Tarantula was called Charlotte she was 9 years old and from South America. She has 8 legs, 8 eyes and hairy legs to feel for movement. They catch insects by making a web.
We thoroughly enjoyed learning about the animals and you can visit their website and book visits for parties on www.reptilelife.co.uk and contact them on email@example.com 07973851218