Creepy-crawlies prove big hit at after-school club

Published date: 11 February 2014 |
Published by: Staff reporter
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CHILDREN got to grips with amphibians, reptiles and hairy arachnids when a hair-raising show came to visit.

Youngsters and staff from Ysgol Rhos Helyg’s after-school club met several scary creatures from across the world, including snakes, scorpions and tarantulas during an hour-long workshop.

Run by Craig Crowton, from Ellesmere Port, the Creepy Crawly show regularly visits schools and nurseries to provide children with the opportunity to meet exotic animals.

Sian Davies, senior playworker at the school in Rhosesmor,  said all 32 children had a chance to hold some of the stars of the show, which included bearded dragons, giant African snails, cockroaches, yellow-bellied terrapins, a snake and toads.

She added the children had been fascinated by the animals and their chance to experience a close encounter with a range of creatures they would usually only see in a zoo or on television. And while some species had to stay at arm’s length, Mrs Davies said most of the children couldn’t wait to hold others, the snake and toad in particular.

“We had a bench at the back called the not so sure bench’ for those children who weren’t so sure,” she said.

“But most of them wanted to have a hold by the end.

“The children loved it. I held the snake too but it was through gritted teeth.”

The Madagascan Fire Salamander was another popular guest, as was the gecko – but not everyone was quite so comfortable with getting too close to the tarantula.

“Some of us decided to stay well back for that!” added Mrs Davies.

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