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    Re: good classroom pet?

    I think hermit crabs, My son has some and his 3 kids are under 5 yrs old, They need a certain temperature, skuttle around from shell to shell, bury themselves in the sand and gravel, need artificial light, water of course, a sponge too for humidity. They do best on a pellet food plus fresh stuff but leaving them for the weekend would be fine. As for longer breaks...bring the tank they are in home with you. My son's kids love them and the colourful funny type of shells you can buy for them to choose to go to. They also have 2 female guinea pigs, again possibly a choice. His go travelling in a carry cage lol. The hermits stay home and have been fine with just more pellets and water. If my birds can survive a few weeks at times without veges, so can they. Not ideal but no damage. He has been away a week sometimes and lost no crabs as forethought was done.

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    Re: good classroom pet?

    we used to have an insect display.. it was a fishtank/terrarium setup with rotting wooden logs, a few food scraps and a fly mesh lid. we kept in it all of the ground dwelling bugs that you could find in your area. might be a fun thing to collect with the children?? not very hands on but they dont die, dont need much sunlight or water and are incredibly cheap and *cough* easy to replace hahaha. we ended up with slaters, wood borers, worms, black beetle, a few ants and a witchetty grub in ours... we treated it like compost, once every two weeks we'd add more wood and some vege scraps and turn the soil to bury it.. we all loved watching the slaters make new homes and new tracks.


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    Re: good classroom pet?

    Good one, Sam, that also makes me think of an ant farm as an option too.

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    Re: good classroom pet?

    I wouldn't get anything that has a brain *lol*. I hate to say it, but the cheaper the better, and also things that don't stress easily. What about a spider? We had budgies in year 1, (my teacher turned me on to birds), but they got really scared all the time, always were sick and puffy, and lived to about 8 months old. I suggest not getting birds as class pets.


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    hah I just remembered, I always insisted on taking the pair home on weekends; Probably should have let some other kid take them once in a while, but I was always there first.


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    Re: good classroom pet?

    Being a snake enthusiast I would suggest possibly looking into a cornsnake. I know of many teachers that keep cornsnakes in their classroom. I'm not sure what age your class is, but given supervision they could be ok with just about any age. Plus, I think they meet most of your requirements. They don't need light. And they only have to be fed roughly once a week (more for juvies, less for adults), and they should not be handled for a couple days after they eat. Most are fine eating frozen/thawed mice, so no live feeding. They don't need attention or handling every day so they'd be fine for the weekend. For heat they only need an under tank heater which is controlled by a thermostat. No light. They tend to be a very docile snake, and can be handled quite easily. Some get a little cranky during their shed cycle, but mine are always calm. The maximum tank size most need is a 20 gallon long, or 29 gallon...though some of the rare ones that get longer might need a touch bigger. I keep my young ones in a 10 gallon until they get big enough to outgrow it, then I move them to a 20 gallon long. Though I do have 1 young one already in a 20 gallon long which is ok as long as they have plenty of hides and fake foliage, etc... so they feel safe. They come in a variety of colors and patterns, and in my opinion are a very easy animal to meet it's care requirements.





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    Re: good classroom pet?

    it depends, you don't mention how old the kids you teach are, but it sounds like they are fairly young. others have given you many pros/cons to rabbits, etc, so i won't touch on that. someone before me has said that a snake would not be a very good one, but actually, i think a snake would be PERFECT!! there are many different kinds of snakes, but i think a cornsnake would be the best classroom pet EVER! you just have to make sure it has a bowl of water, and about once a week, take the snake out of it's tank and put it in a special feeding container, feed it the mouse, and then transfer the snake back to it's house! cornsnakes are very, very docile, not known for biting (at ALL), they come in many many many colors, require very simple housing, and don't need attention like a bird or rodent would. also, possibly my favorite part about keeping corn snakes is you have ENDLESS possibilities regarding how it's habitat can look!

    i'm all for snakes! here are 2 of my set-ups.




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    Re: good classroom pet?

    Quote Originally Posted by ZoologyGirl View Post
    Being a snake enthusiast I would suggest possibly looking into a cornsnake. I know of many teachers that keep cornsnakes in their classroom. I'm not sure what age your class is, but given supervision they could be ok with just about any age. Plus, I think they meet most of your requirements. They don't need light. And they only have to be fed roughly once a week (more for juvies, less for adults), and they should not be handled for a couple days after they eat. Most are fine eating frozen/thawed mice, so no live feeding. They don't need attention or handling every day so they'd be fine for the weekend. For heat they only need an under tank heater which is controlled by a thermostat. No light. They tend to be a very docile snake, and can be handled quite easily. Some get a little cranky during their shed cycle, but mine are always calm. The maximum tank size most need is a 20 gallon long, or 29 gallon...though some of the rare ones that get longer might need a touch bigger. I keep my young ones in a 10 gallon until they get big enough to outgrow it, then I move them to a 20 gallon long. Though I do have 1 young one already in a 20 gallon long which is ok as long as they have plenty of hides and fake foliage, etc... so they feel safe. They come in a variety of colors and patterns, and in my opinion are a very easy animal to meet it's care requirements.





    umm... snakes are illegal here in Hawaii. You tryin' to get Maya arrested?

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    you don't mention how old the kids you teach are,
    I believe she teaches pre-school.

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    Re: good classroom pet?

    ^ Thanks, Fruit Basket. The posts aren't really being read before people reply because I had already stated that snakes are illegal in Hawaii anyway...

    And yes, I teach preschool.

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    haha,, what are friends for?

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    D'OH!!!! i totally missed that. HOW RUDE for snakes to be illegal in hawaii!

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    Re: good classroom pet?

    Well, it is not a useless post, because perhaps some other teacher on the mainland is wondering that same question. And a snake is what she was hoping for!

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    Quote Originally Posted by tizzle View Post
    D'OH!!!! i totally missed that. HOW RUDE for snakes to be illegal in hawaii!
    Um... there's a reason for it. We have many species here that we'd like to preserve and snakes would destroy them. There's no way I'd ever want snakes to be legal here.

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    Re: good classroom pet?

    Whoa, Chameleons are INTENSE and difficult to care for, and not handleable. And while birds seem nice, they bite, aren't easy to handle, and are very easy to damage.

    I think a large, hard to damage mammal like a rabbit or guinea pig are your best bet. Like I said, My mom teaches preschool, and has always had guinea pigs and swears by them for a bomb proof class pet. Hers have also live exceptionally long, with may making it to 6, and one named Cinnamon who made it to 7.5 year!

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    Yeah, as far as snakes on Hawaii, just do some quick research on Guam to find out what happens when you get snakes on an Island....

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