Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Scales and Tails

On Monday Aug. 12, we went to the West Valley library because Scales and Tails was there. The presenter named Austin showed us a variety of animals.

He showed a scorpion and asked how you can tell if a scorpion is poisonous or not. Then he popped it inside his mouth. He did explain that this is a good and bad method. On the one hand, you'll know very quickly if it's poisonous...but if it is, you'll only get to perform that test once. Then he explained that a scorpion that isn't poisonous will have large claws so it can rip grasshoppers and other insects apart. Poisonous scorpions have small claws...they use the poison to kill their prey.

Then he showed us some snakes. The first one was a python from Africa. I think it was called a sand python but I can't remember for sure. It was tiny and buries in the sand. The second snake was much, much bigger. They scared Gabby a little bit.

I really should have blogged about this sooner, because I really can't remember the cool facts he shared about each animal. We saw some lizards. We saw an alligator (which he said never, ever makes a good pet.) We saw a tortoise. SOme of the little, little kids even got to ride on the tortoise. At the end everyone was allowed to touch a few of the animals. We all enjoyed it. Scales and Tails always puts on a good show and shares great information.