A big thank you to Miss Dearing for organising such a brilliant morning.
Jack from Feathers and Fangs came along with lots of different creatures for us to look at and hold.
Jack first of all introduced us to Hercules the Giant Horn frog. Hercules is a non- vertebrate because he does not have a backbone. Jack told us that Giant Horn frogs are sometimes called Pac Man frogs because they have big mouths and they wait for their food to go past and then they open wide their mouths and grab a delicious snack.
We then found out lots of information about the ostrich. Jack told us they were the biggest bird that could not fly and that they could run very fast. He had also brought in an ostrich egg for us to look and. This egg was huge! We also had the chance to inspect some feathers from different ducks and also feathers from peacocks. I think we were all surprised to find out that peacocks not only have long elegant blue/green feathers but that they also have small delicate feathers.
Princess Flo was our next guest and she is a Herman Tortoise. We all loved holding Princess Flo, as she had a hard shell, but her feet were quite sharp as she had claws and her legs were rough because of the scales. Jack told us that Princess Flo is a herbivore because she eats only plants and that she is cold blooded.
A few of us were a bit wary of the Royal Python Ezra, who Jack originally thought was a boy when he got her as a baby snake but later found out she was a girl! Ezra is now nearly 2 metres in length. Ezra likes to eat mice and this makes her a carnivore as she only eats meat. Ezra is cold blooded and belongs to the reptile group of animals. Ezra is very muscley and has scales all over her body but the scales on her belly are smooth and this helps her to slide and slither. Even Justine and Miss Chittick couldn’t stay away and had to come and see Ezra!
I am so pleased that the next visitor does not need to buy shoes or socks as she has between 400 and 500 legs and she is a millipede. Although she has so many legs she does not have any eyes but she does have have antennae which helps her to seek out her food of dead leaves. Millipedes have long slender bodies which have a hard outer shell.
Mrs Saveall was a little bit nervous of meeting the next creature as it was quite slimy underneath but had a very hard shell on top. Jack told us that this creature produces lots of saliva which helps to make it easy for it to slide over surfaces. Can you guess what sort of creature Mrs Saveall was worried about? (answer at the bottom of the blog!)
Our last visitor was very interesting but we were all very pleased that it did not breath fire as his name suggests! Drago is a Bearded Dragon and as he doesn’t eat meat this makes him a herbivore. He has lots of scales and when he is scared ‘puffs’ himself up so that he appears bigger than he really is so that snakes don’t try to eat him! Although Drago had long claws these were not particularly sharp as he uses them to hold on with.
Thank you Jack for such a fab and interesting morning.
Which creature was your favourite?
(Answer. Giant Land Snail.)