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South Craven School students get up close to creepy crawlies
10:00am Monday 23rd December 2013 in News
Pupils shrugged off their initial gut reaction and got up close and personal with a variety of creepy crawlies.
Year 7 youngsters at South Craven School in Cross Hills were introduced to a range of exotic specimens by “bugman” Martin Rapley.
A school spokesman said: “Martin had been invited into school to talk about insects and reptiles and arrived with boxes of them to illustrate his talk, which was held in the Fells area and filmed and projected on to the large screen.
“With close-ups of the insects, the students were able to see them clearly and within minutes were eager to volunteer to hold them.
“Cockroaches, stick insects, a millipede, scorpion and Mexican tarantula seemed to present no problem to the students, who were quite happy to have them on their shoulders.
“Perhaps the fact that the tarantula didn’t seem to run as quickly as the native variety made it easier to handle. Lucy the tarantula, who is 30-years-old, behaved impeccably.”
Later Mr Rapley delivered a presentation to sixth-form biology students and talked about warm- blooded and cold-blooded animals.
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