Annunciation students get some hands-on lessons

Published: Tuesday, December 18, 2012 at 08:19 AM.

"Everything is so interesting," she said. "I like science. It’s fun."

The presentation was part of the school’s curriculum as students have been learning about animal habitats in their science classes. The next project for the students is to create animal habitats, which will be displayed in the school’s library.

Along with the alligator, Garris also had a king snake the students were allowed to touch and a box turtle. She also had a loggerhead sea turtle the students were able to see.

"They always love it. They are always so excited," Garris said of the students. "It’s always great to have animals so they can actually see them. It’s better than just talking about them. You can see the excitement on their faces.

"When they don’t see the animals, it’s almost out of sight, out of mind, but when they can actually see a turtle, it usually hits home a little bit more."

Some of the students were a bit squeamish when Garris pulled out the king snake. She explained that the snake was non-venomous and that only six of 37 species of snakes in North Carolina were venomous. She explained to the students how they could tell the difference between venomous and non-venomous snakes.

"Snakes are not as bad as you think they are," Garris said. "They may be scary, but they’re good to have around because they’ll eat mice that can get in your house, and nobody wants to sleep with mice."

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