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Our school is quite unusual in that we have many different school creatures. When we buy creatures we always check that they were bred in captivity and were not collected from the wild. Whenever we can we try and breed the animals ourselves. We have successfully bred chameleons, tiger-crested geckos and leopard geckos. Next to each of the school creatures is a small map to show where it is from.

Death Head Hawk Moth

Click here to read the article that will appear in The Reptile Magazine


Enjoy reading about our school creatures.


 Here is the Yemen Chameleon feeding on a waxworm

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Veiled chameleon In our school we have Yemen Chameleons, Panther Chameleons, Carpet chameleons, Pygmy chameleons,several species of gecko eg Madagascar Day Gecko, Standings Day Gecko, Kosch’s Gecko, Tiger-crested Geckos, Leopard Geckos and Moroccan Dabtails, Berber Skinks, Blue-tongued skink, Red-eyed crocodile skinks, Knights Anole, Leopard Tortoise, Red-footed tortoise, Horsfield tortoise, jungle nymphs, Argentinian Horned Frogs, African Pygmy Hedgehogs, Chinchillas, hamster……99 chickens, 33 golden pheasants.We have three Yemen or Veiled Chameleons. One is 5 years old and we now have a new pair that we hope to breed. We used to have a pair and they were kept apart in large vivariums in our school. We did put them together once and the female laid eggs and we ended up with 42 baby chameleons!! Now we only have one male. Chameleons have to be kept separately or they will fight.The average lifespan of a veiled chameleon would be 2-3 years, however many may live to see 5 years. We’ve had ours for five years so his days are numbered, but we hope ours live longer because he is great to watch and when he sees a locust or cricket he shoots its long tongue out! Our Yemen has laid 42 eggsClick here: chameleonThis is our male chameleon. He is quite friendly but if he doesn’t want to be handled he puffs himself up so he looks much bigger. Our chameleons change colour very quickly depending on their mood.



 Our female Yemen Chameleon has laid 42 eggschameleoneggs1
We have placed all 42 eggs in our incubator and will hopefully have 42 baby chameleons in 150-190 days


Kaleidoscope skin.

He wears his shark-fin helmet

and wears it with pride.

This Haiku (Japanese poem with strict rules) was written by Year 3

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African Pygmy Hedgehogs

Information to follow:

Within an hour of being handled and placed in the new cage the female started foaming at the mouth and licking the foam onto its spines. We discovered that this is called self-anointng and is completely normal for hedgehogs. When hedgehogs encounter a new or unusual smell, you may see him self anointing. Young hedgehogs seem to do it more often than adults. Possibly because more smells are new to them.


Why does this happen? We don’t know for sure, but hedgehogs are highly resistant to most toxins. They are one of the few animals that can safely eat toads. They may be trying to protect themselves from other animals with a potentially toxic mixture. It may also be a way to reduce stress, although it is probably more likely that they are trying to protect themselves. If you handle ahedgehog after using hand lotion or fragrant soap, you may see this behavior, too. Don’t be concerned. Even though you may feel like your hedgehog is having seizures or has contracted rabies, self anointing is perfectly normal.

 Horsfield, Herman and Spur-thighed Tortoise

We have bought a fridge and have placed some of our tortoises in it to hibernate. Every day we open the fridge door. We have also removed some of the seal so that they can still breathe. The tortoises may lose 1% of their body weight every month so we need to weigh them regularly to check that everything is going ok for them
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Cameroon Pygmy Stumptail Chameleon or Spectral Pygmy Chameleon

These are tiny dwarf chameleons. These chameleons prefer cooler temperatures, e.g. room temperature, and don’t seem to require direct sun or a basking area, although bright shade is appreciated. They don’t use water pans and should be misted directly once or twice a day, and their habitat should be fairly moist as well. They eat small invertebrates, such as pinhead crickets or fruit flies. Their tongues are longer than their bodies! When they see their prey they shoot their elastic tongues out like a harpoon and the insect gets stuck to the end.

These are Mr Jones’ favourite creature, maybe that’s why their vivarium is now on his desk?! We are hoping to breed these pygmy chameleons. They change colour but just shades of brown and are tiny minature versions of our other chameleons.



Leopard Tortoise


We have two leopard tortoise which are from Eastern and Southern Africa.


Red-footed Tortoise



We have four red-footed tortoise which are from South America.MORE INFORMATION TO FOLLOW BY FEBRUARY Red footed tortoise



This is a Madagascar Day Gecko. It is a beautiful bright green colour and can walk on vertical glass surfaces. It is the largest living day gecko. It is a diurnal which means it is active during the day and sleeps at night. (The tiger-crested geckos are nocturnal, active at night and sleep during the day.)This gecko shares the cage with a Koch’s Giant Day Gecko, a Standings Day Gecko and a Yemen Chameleon. The males are territorial and can be quite quarrelsome but ours seem to get on very well. The day geckos are in a large vivarium right by the main entrance and are always a talking point.Madagascar Day Geckos are from the eastern coast of Madagascar and typically inhabit rainforests living among the trees. The Madagascar day gecko feeds on insects and nectar.We feed the day geckos on baby fruit puree and crickets that we sometimes dust with calcium powder.We know they are a breeding pair because we once saw tiny eggs in one of the hollow logs. The eggs never hatched but we are quite certain that the Madagascar Day Gecko is a male. 
Moroccan Dabtail

Our male uromastyx has turned orange. Could this be becasue it is ready to breed?

Uromastyx is spiny-tailed lizards or dab-tail. They are primarily herbivorous, but occasionally eat insects, especially when young. They spend most of their waking hours basking in the sun, hiding in underground chambers at daytime or when danger appears. They live in hilly, rocky areas.


This is a Tiger-crested Gecko. We have 12 tiger-crested geckos. They look like small crocodiles and don’t have eye-lids so can’t close their eyes. They lick their eyes clean with their tongues! We have managed to breed these and we keep the babies in a separate vivarium otherwise the parents might eat them. We really shouldn’t hold them by their tails as the tails come off very easily and they wont grow new ones. We feed them on fruit baby food and crickets. Sometimes we dust the crickets with calcium powder so they can have strong bone.At the bottom of the vivarium is a tub of spaghnum moss and the geckos lay their eggs in the moss.



These geckos spend most of the day clinging to the sides of their vivarium with their padded toes.These geckos are nocturnal, which means they are active at night and sleep during the day. You need to look carefully for them as they hide during the day.
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This is an Argentinian-horned Frog. It may sound odd but this is the only creature that can hurt you at our school. We never put our fingers near its mouth. It is also known as the Packman Frog and it has a very wide mouth. We have three of these ferocious frogs at San Siôr. They sit in the same place for days and ambush their prey by swallowing them whole.

Pacman Frog

Two periscope eyes,

He sits and waits for his prey.

Hardly ever moves.


This Haiku was written by Year 3


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This is a Berber Skink. He is an escape artist and if there is a way to escape out of the vivarium. He will find it. One lunch time we saw it make a dart for the front door and we eventually found him in the school’s Secret Garden.The Berber Skink (Eumeces schneideri) is also known as Schneiders Skink and the Dotted Skink. This skink species has a long body, and short legs. It is a tan colour with lighter undersides.The Berber Skink is native to Northwestern Africa and Western Asia


Red-eyed Crocodile Skink

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We have a pair of these lovely shy lizards and they look like a small crocodiles. They are nocturnal and so during the day they hide. They prefer a totally different habitat to the Berber Skink. While the Berber Skink prefers a dry habitat the crocodile skinks live near watercourses and so they prefer a much wetter environment.They reach 18 to 20cm head to tip of tail and are native to Indonesia and the surrounding islands.When handled they tend to freeze but when they think you are not looking they dash and hide.
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Jackson’s Chameleon

This is a new species for the school and the male is very spectacular with his three horns.MORE INFORMATION TO FOLLOW



Red-eyed TreefrogThese treefrogs are so beautiful with their cat-like tomato red eyes. When disturbed, they flash their bulging red eyes and reveal their huge, webbed orange feet and bright blue-and-yellow flanks. This is called startle coloration and may give a bird or snake a shock giving the frog time to jump to safety.

During the day these amphibians sleep attached to a leaf with their eyes shut and their feet tucked away hiding their beautiful markings. They feed on tiny insects and we feed them on fruit flies and small crickets.

The red eyed treefrog comes from Central America and hides in the canopy of the rainforests


Maps for use later.


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This is where we live Leopard Gecko Knight Anole
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Horsefield Tortoise Moroccan Dabtail Red-footed Tortoise
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Jungle Nymph Chincilla Argentinian Horned Frog
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Madagascar Day Gecko Tiger-crested gecko Veilled Chameleon
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Leopard tortoise Berber Skink

Red eyed treefrog

Here are two Haikus that we wrote with Mr Jones. It is a Japanese form of poetry that follows strict rules. The first line has 5 syllables, the second has 7 and the third line has 5 syllables.

Pacman Frog

Two periscope eyes,

He sits and waits for his prey.

Hardly ever moves.


Kaleidoscope skin.

He wears his shark-fin helmet

and wears it with pride