Educational Programs

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It is widely recognised that today’s generation are rapidly losing touch with nature, happy to stay indoors on gaming consoles, children are no longer exploring the outside world. Coupled with ever expanding urbanisation of former green areas, it is leading to disconnect between us and our natural heritage. In an ever-developing world, David Attenborough warns, People in towns and cities are losing touch with the “realities of the natural world”, which is putting the future of the planet at risk.

Here at Wight Vipers, we want to help reverse this trend and make it fun and exciting for people, especially children, to engage with nature and even to encourage wildlife to their gardens, no matter how small they may be.

If it can fit in its mouth, a bullfrog will go after anything, even its own kind!

Did you know?

Eggs

The vast majority of reptiles are oviparous -they lay eggs. Unlike bird eggs these are leathery and expand as the embryo grows. The shell of these eggs are soft and sticky when they are laid and stick together to form a clump. If they are moved, they move as one large mass. Some snakes, such as pythons, care for the eggs, however most reptiles lay their eggs and leave them to take their chances!

Baby_Cham

Once the baby is ready to hatch hatch it will cut through the leathery shell using an egg tooth on its nose! This ‘tooth’ falls off soon after hatching. The baby may stay inside the egg for a day or two, absorbing the nutritious yolk sack before it emerges completely with all the skills needed to survive on its own.

Rattler

Some reptiles such as this Nose-Horned Viper (a close relative of our own Adder) are ovoviviparous – they give birth to live babies. The embryos develop inside the mother, using yolk for nourishment rather than a placenta as in mammals, until she is ready to give birth. She finds a safe nesting area and once born the babies stay with her for a few days untill they are ready to leave and take care of themselves.

Animal Visits

It is widely recognised that todays generation are rapidly losing touch with nature, happy to stay indoors on gaming consoles, children are no longer exploring the outside world. Coupled with ever expanding urbanisation of former green areas, it is leading to a disconnect between us and our natural heritage. In an ever-developing world, David Attenborough warns, People in towns and cities are losing touch with the “realities of the natural world”, which is putting the future of the planet at risk. Here at Wight Vipers, we want to help reverse this trend and make it fun and exciting for people, especially children, to engage with nature and even to encourage wildlife to their gardens, no matter how small they may be. Primary School – Key stages 1 and 2 We will endevour to tailor our talks to whichever topics you desire. We are an ideal addition to a science week or a specific themed day such as halloween. We aim to engage children in the animals they meet, we try to bring animals along that allow the children to be ‘hands-on’ making the whole experience not only educational, but fun! Secondary School – Key Stages 3 and 4 We can bring reptiles and ampibians from various habitats to learn about curriculum based topics such as eco-systems, geography or adaptation. Whatever it is you need, with the help from our incredible animals, we can assist.

We bring some of our hand-tame animals to your school or event

Hognose

For more information please contact us and we will be in touch