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Hissing Sid and hissing cockroaches visit school

PUBLISHED: 15:03 25 March 2008 | UPDATED: 10:06 11 August 2010

Shona Langton and a corn snake

Shona Langton and a corn snake

BEASTLY VISITORS were welcomed into Dagenham Park School when 20 live exotic animals were brought into classrooms for educational purposes. Students of years eight, nine and ten had the chance to admire hissing cockroaches, tarantulas, tree frogs, scorpio

BEASTLY VISITORS were welcomed into Dagenham Park School when 20 live exotic animals were brought into classrooms for educational purposes.

Students of years eight, nine and ten had the chance to admire hissing cockroaches, tarantulas, tree frogs, scorpions and snakes in close up last Tuesday, March 18.

Geography teacher Peter Gatty said: "The children could see how the animals have adapted to their environment and how important they are to the eco system.

"They experienced something that's hard to get across in the classroom

"One of the tough guys ran out when he saw the snake. I'm sure his credibility is gone now.

Girls, he said, seemed to have been more relaxed about the presence of the creatures.

He added: "It was something that they will hopefully remember when they sit their exams.

"Especially now when it's harder to go on trips with the children, we try to bring people into the classroom."

The animals were provided by Zoolab, a company that organises educational displays and workshops for children.

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