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Jul 18

Pupils enjoy experts

Reptile expert Mick Thow shows Connor Radford a carpet python.SOMERSET pupils learnt more about their environment at the Sustainability Expo their school hosted.
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Cradle Coast NRM organised the expo with the hope of introducing pupils to sustainability and expanding on their existing knowledge.

Cradle Coast NRM community education project officer Sherrie Jaffray organised several stations around which the pupils rotated, including those offering look at some of the mammals that could be found at the school, fish care, snakes and birds.

Somerset Primary School sustainability co-ordinator Di Kalweit said the outdoors, hands-on learning was valuable for furthering the pupils’ learning.

“Your not stuck in the classroom doing routine things,” Ms Kalweit said.

“But they also get to see what is around our school.

“The children are so interested, you are on a winner with animals,” Ms Kalweit said.

One of the stations was run by Mick Thow, who taught the children how to differentiate between types of snake, snake-bite first aid and provided information about snake and lizard behaviours.

The pupils even had the opportunity to see a baby blue-tongue lizard.

Ten-year-old Connor Radford was excited to discover they would be learning about and holding reptiles at school, as he is a reptile enthusiast.

In fact, Connor has his reptile licence and has three blue-tongue lizards as pets.

He is holding out for the law to change so he can buy a children’s python as a pet.

At home Connor loves playing with his blue-tongue lizards and is happy to let them crawl all over him.

He also ensures the lizards were fed a healthy diet of snails and vegetables.

Connor loves reptiles and thinks the way they move is cool.

While Connor’s knowledge of reptiles was expansive, he still said he got a lot out of the Sustainability Expo.

“I learnt that you can get confused by types of snakes, because they can be the same lengths and body colours,” Connor said.

However, if Connor does come across a snake at school or in the backyard, he has a strategy in place.

“I would stay still and scream and call for help – someone will come help,” Connor said.

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