"Well, there is only one piece of advice I can give you," said the wisest of wise men. "The secret of happiness is to see all the marvels of the world and never to forget the drops of oil on the spoon."

('The Alchemist' Paulo Coelho)

Sunday, February 25, 2007

Mega minibeasts

On Wednesday we had a visit from Zoolabs, which is an organistation that visits schools with large-sized exotic minibeasts. So we had a visit from a large stick insect, an African land snail, a hissing cockroach, a large millipede, a corn snake among other creatures. Oh and there was a Chilean Rose Tarantula, but I was almost out of the room for that one and was grateful for the fact that it stayed locked away in its tank.

I was quite happy to hold the millipede and the corn snake, though.


  1. I hope you get paid danger money.

  2. Oh Miss, how many times, anyone can see it's not Lophostreptus rutilans, it's Archispirostreptus gigas! aDon't they teach you anything in teacher training nowadays?

  3. A long black snake seems to have brought a joyous expression to your face. Mmm... interesting!

  4. Jenny, I would have legged it if I'd seen the spider too ! Goodness knows how you held the millipede - after all, it has loads of legs and...yuk I can't even go on !!!! See, I'm a baby really (hence the name !)

    BTW - did they have a miniature YP as a minibeast ? I've just read his earlier comment on the Welsh, the nasty man !

  5. No, Ellee, no danger money, I'm afraid.
    Craig, the millipede was quite sweet. Its legs felt like little suckers on my hand. I have already rebuked YP for his anti-Welsh comments! I'm sure he is suitably chastened.
    Hmm, Yes, Arthur, I'm sure you're right...
    YP, it's a millipede!!!

  6. I may be nasty Craigbaby but at least I am not Welsh!

  7. Aren't you the brave one? I wouldn't have liked holding the millipede or the snake. Dad says if you hold a snake, the safest way to hold it is to squeeze it gently just below the neck. (Dad's quite the joker.)

  8. I didn't need to try that, Dale. It was a very civilised snake!

    Now, now, YP - play nicely, children. ;)

  9. Urgh, no, urgh. All those little legs, urgh!

    And just to join in, better Welsh than Yorkshire-ish! In fact, better Welsh than any nationality!

  10. Not for me thanks. I'll stick to cats and dogs!



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