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Daily Classroom Special
Critter Corner: The Buzz: Past Issues: Volume 2, Issue 7  

About this Daily Classroom Special
Critter Corner allows teachers and students to learn and share experiences about organisms that can be kept in the classroom. Critter Corner is maintained by Judith Jones, teacher at East Chapel Hill High School (NC) and Teachers Network web mentor. E-mail Judith. Make sure to visit Judy's other Daily Classroom Special, The Time Travel Interviews with Famous Scientists

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Darkling Beetles, Corn Snakes, Burmese Python, and MH Roaches

Subject: Thanks for the info!
From: Deanne M.

Hi! I am a third grade teacher in Bryan, Texas. We have some Darkling Beetle/Meal Worm we've been watching our mealworms for about three weeks and are just having some beetles. I am interested in keeping them so the kids can see the cycle begin, so your information was invaluable. Great site!

Regards,
Deanne Marino
Crockett Elementary

Dear Deanne,

Thanks so much for your kind words! I am so glad that you and your class found my meal worm information useful. I wish you much enjoyment and interest as you watch these little creatures go through their life cycle.

Judy Jones


Subject: Corns with Kings?
From: marcie g.

Hi! I have two corn snakes, a regular and an Okeetee. They are both under two years old. Recently I have been considering buying a four year old California King snake. Would there be any problem in putting the King snake in the same terrarium as the two Corns?

Marcie G.
Calgary, Canada

Dear Marcie,

I am so glad that you e-mailed me because you have averted a disaster. King Snakes LOVE to eat other snakes!! Do not put a king snake with your corn snakes. I know of couple of collectors who have even had one king snake eat its mate while being kept together in an enclosure. You will have to house it separately. But California King snakes are beautiful and you might want to get it anyway. I imagine that you are enjoying your corn snakes a lot. Aren't they lovely? Keep in touch.

Sincerely,

Judy Jones


Subject: BURMESE PYTHON FEEDING QUESTION
From: JASON

HELLO.

I HAVE A SIX-MONTH-OLD FEMALE BURMESE PYTHON NAMED SYDNEY. SHE IS EXTREMELY DOCILE AND HAS NEVER BITTEN ANYONE. ALSO A GREAT EATER. I RECENTLY FED HER A PRE-KILLED, THAWED DAY OLD CHICK. SHE WENT RIGHT FOR IT, BUT SEEMED TO HAVE TROUBLE WITH THE BEAK OF THE CHICK. I WAS JUST WONDERING IF THIS COULD BE A PROBLEM FOR HER TO DIGEST, OR IF IT WENT DOWN THE WRONG WAY COULD IT DAMAGE HER STOMACH. HAVE YOU HEARD OF ANY PROBLEMS WITH THIS?

THANKS. JASON
Dear Jason,

I have not heard of a python having trouble with a chicken beak; however, I know that it is difficult for snakes to swallow rodents that they eat tail first because the legs can stick out at awkward angles. I suspect that it is possible for a beak to cause problems. There is certainly no reason not to remove the beak before you feed your snake. Pythons are known for eating birds, however, so I imagine that in nature, they have to deal with the beaks! Good luck and let me know if you learn any more about this.

Sincerely,
Judy Jones


Subject: Hoping you can give me a hand with MHC

From: Daine Q

Judith,

I once had a couple of Madagascar Hissing cockroaches that I purchased from a local pet store. This was a one-time lucky purchase, as these critters are not typically a highly desired item (imagine that!) At any rate, the store no longer carries any of these charming little beasts, and mine have long since departed (not escaped... just gone to cockroach heaven). I would be most grateful to you for your assistance in locating a supplier of these insects. Hope you have a great day, and I look forward to hearing from you.

Sincerely,
Daine Q.

Dear Diane,

You can get hissing cockroaches from Carolina Biological Supply Company in Burlington, North Carolina. I ordered six a couple of years ago and they have reproduced three times! So you may get a very good deal for your money. Good luck. I agree that they are charming critters!

Sincerely,
Judy Jones

 

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