Creature comforts at Sutton St James school

Chris Knowles of Zoolab introduces Colin the Corn Snake to pupils at Sutton St James Primary School as part of their Fur, Feathers and Fangs series of lessons.  Photo by Tim Wilson.
Chris Knowles of Zoolab introduces Colin the Corn Snake to pupils at Sutton St James Primary School as part of their Fur, Feathers and Fangs series of lessons. Photo by Tim Wilson.

Youngsters at Sutton St James Primary School were on a slippery slope when some creatures of the frightening kind joined them in the classroom on Tuesday.

Tropical animals expert Chris Knowles of Zoolab brought some furry and fascinating friends with him to meet pupils, including Colin the Corn Snake, George the Tree Frog and Rosie the Tarantula.

The visit was part of the school’s Furs, Feathers and Fangs series of lessons in which children had the chance to question Chris about each animal’s habitat, eating habits and survival span.

A school spokesman said: “The children have been trying to identify different species of animals this term and the Zoolab visit was part of that.

“It’s really good for them to learn abut different animals, how to care for them and how important they are to the environment.”