Educational school visit

Educational school visit: we visited Beechwood Sacred Heart School at Tunbridge Wells recently to meet the year 11 students and teach them about snakes.

We received a glowing testimonial from the science teacher copied below.

It was a fantastic afternoon; Sue was very informative and the students (and staff) learnt a lot about snakes and their adaptions. Having the chance to see and hold some of her snakes was also really well received – the students were thrilled! Overall the feedback from the students was overwhelmingly positive (even from the ones who weren’t that keen on the snakes themselves) and I would definitely look to book Sue again next year for any similar events we decide to run.

We are looking forward to being invited to lots more schools in the future.

Local nursery visit

Local nursery visit – We were invited to take a few snakes to Wix and Wrabness nursery for an fun, educational visit. 

It was a pleasure to have so much help from teachers and parents helping to handle the snakes and show them to the children.

It’s a good idea to get children used to meeting different types of wild creatures so that they don’t have unnecessary fears in the future.

So many people call Sue when they find a slow worm (legless lizard) in their gardens because they lack knowledge of indigenous wildlife.

Sue has created a board with photos of the snakes that are wild in the UK so that I can teach children what to expect to see in the wild or even in the garden.

 

School visits

School visits are very exciting and informative for pupils.

We teach many things science,  pupils are encouraged to ask questions and one of the questions is, can the snakes breathe through their bags that we carry them in? So we need to explain the difference between woven material and plastic, plastic is such a common thing in our world now that this fact is often forgotten.

We teach children about the shedding of the snake skin and how similar this is to our own skin sloughing and the fact that our hair sheds and is dead matter once it does.

Although we are mainly science based some geography comes into the conversation as the snakes come from different parts of the world so the children are asked if they know where certain countries are that the snakes come from and if they can guess where they may come from, what the weather is like there because snakes cannot regulate their own temperature we need to keep them as warm as the their country of origin.

We also teach them about our own indigenous varieties of snake, the grass snake with its distinctive yellow and black collar, the adder or viper with its zig zag pattern all the way down its body, the tiny smooth snake and the slow worm which is interesting as it looks like a snake but is a lizard, so we teach about the differences.

Below are some photos of Harwich Community Primary School pupils and teachers learning about snakes and many other things.

 

Snakes at School – Portway Primary School E13

Snakes at School – Portway Primary School, Plaistow, London E13 booked Live, educational, snake encounters for their Science Week 8th and 10th March the children had a great time finding out about snakes and getting to know them by name, breed and lots of handling. so did the teachers whom we managed to get some photos of below:

Snake Encounters Essex and beyond

Snake Encounters Essex and beyond – there was a problem with the website for a while so there have been no new postings since July!!

We’re are here again with a lot of catching to do. We have been booked for lots more local work, such a pleasure not to have to drive too far.

Here’s a list of presentations that haven’t been posted:

  • The snakes met up with 1st Lawford Guides at The Venture Centre, Manningtree, Essex in June.
  • We did our regular yearly visits to All Saints Church, Inmans Row, Woodford Green Essex for the Holiday Club there and Poolside Manor Holiday Club at Finchley, London.
  • Myself and my volunteers had a great time at Chigwell Row Campsite – we take 20/30 snakes for these outside events so everyone gets a chance to handle a snake and get over their fear if they want to.
  • We attended Harwich Primary School for the second time – who had the benefit of our 2015 special price for local schools £1 per child (costs less than an ice-cream) and I had the benefit of just crossing the road to go there 😀
  • We took the snakes to a fear busting event at Christ church Primary school in Chelsea and met Hugo Taylor from “made in Chelsea” and “Celebrity get me out of here” who was speaking to the children about fear.
  • Goodmayes Primary School in Ilford called us for the 4th year running.
  • We attended St Joseph’s Primary School, Dovercourt once more for their 6oth celebrations.
  • The snakes were a big hit at Clacton Fun-Day and we were told they would love to have us back next year 🙂
  • We have run presentations at Colchester Natural History Museum once more on the 29th October, looks like this will be a regular gig from now on 🙂
  • Today the snakes and I attended Market School, Elmstead Market, Essex (another local)

The three albino pythons performed at the fierce festival in Birmingham it was by luck that none were in slough, the photo below shows them performing, just moving about and being themselves 😀

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Snake Encounters at Sandringham School

Snake Encounters at Sandringham School, St Albans

Students at Sandringham School in St Albans decided it would be fun to have lots of snakes from Snakey Sue’s Serpent Sanctuary come to visit on their Jungle day.

Here are some photos of this special occasion – everyone having lots of fun with some Science Education as a sideline.

 

 

 



snake encounters

Snake Encounters at St Joseph’s Primary School, Dovercourt, North Essex in March were well received,  the PTA took advantage of our special 2015 offer of £1 per child, with 115 children it meant they only needed to raise £115 it was a win win situation the children were edutained and the snake sanctuary received some funds.

The teachers there surprised me immensely when they joined in with the handling of the snakes to show the children. Although I brought along my assistant Charley to help but lots of help is always better as the children have more chances to see and touch many more different snakes and it saves them from becoming bored waiting for their turn. As always the children were very excited about our visit but at the same time extremely well behaved. They were a pleasure to teach and we look forward to visiting the school again.

Parents agreed for photos to be taken so they are situated below.

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Snake Encounters – Native Species

Snake Encounters – Native Species

It’s a shame that the school curriculum doesn’t really include our native species of wildlife.  When I was a young girl I used to walk free with my Brother and our Eye-Spy books to see what wildlife we could get a glimpse of, it’s sad that children now mainly get their information from TV or the internet and really know nothing about the real world outside.

The problem is seen as peodophiles when actually the biggest danger which  is sadly ignored are motor cars, the love affair with the motor car has ruined not only childrens’ freedom to roam but ruined great swathes of  land and endangered our native wildlife.

Many people not just children have lost interest in nature, when I run Live Snake – Science presentations I like to have time to talk, also about our native species, 40 mins is about the most time I can be given to impart as much information as possible on snakes as well as allowing the children some touch and handle time and often I cannot fit the native species info into the presentation.

Here is a link to an RSPCA blog about our native species of snakes and slow worms.

 

http://blogs.rspca.org.uk/insights/2013/07/26/seen-any-snakes-this-summer/#.U7Wn6pRdWtM

Happy Customers

Happy customers call us back every year to schools, fetes and fundays and sometimes we get calls from the same family wanting live snake encounters for each of their childrens birthdays.

We receive calls from people who have kept our number for five years or more!!

It’s so rewarding to take the snakes out to meet the public and see people of all age groups enjoy handling them, of  course the snakes enjoy getting out too, we try to  give them the best housing possible but it’s stimulating for them especially in the Summer months when they can enjoy some  outside air.

We would love to edutain customers closer to home too;  having lived and worked in the London area we are continually called back which is great but it would also be good to have more customers in North Essex it takes time for people to get to know a new face and begin to book someone new, after all we have happy customers going back to 1996 where we used to live.

We are making many new contacts and find North Essex a friendly place so we are looking forward to getting lots of interesting work here in the future.

Its also rewarding to be thanked, below are pictures of a thank you card which was sent to us from a kids holiday club this Summer.

 

 

 

Snakes for hire uk

 

Snakes for Hire:  We take all type of bookings to run our educational presentations:

  • Childrens parties
  • Schools
  • Kids holiday clubs
  • Fun days and Fetes
  • Special rates for scouts clubs
  • Team Building
  • Society meetings – talk demonstrations

 

We have 65 snakes of varying sizes and breeds to take out for:

  • Photoshoots
  • Videos
  • TV shows
  • Club visits
  • Parties

A few of the snakes are suitable dancing partners for Snakey Sue and she has many beautiful costumes for snake dancing and meet and greet.

All payments for events are used to finance the running of the Sanctuary and the events help to keep the snakes socialised and stimulated.

Taking snakes out to meet the public has its challenges; snakes  cannot regulate their own temperatures and most people think that they like to be hot, but just like any animal or human no-one wants to be cooked  in the heat!!  Snakes need moderate warm temps to be in whilst working in fact a little cooler is better than hotter – heat kills more quickly than cold, between 20c and  27c is a reasonable  temperature.

When we handle the snakes we warm them with our body heat, in fact childrens hands are often very hot  and in the Summer months when we are at outside events we need to take water sprays and bath bowls to cool the snakes down and our best position to  be is under trees. When the outside temps are below 18c we need to be indoors as even the snakes that come from North America will attempt to hide under our clothes to keep warm, pockets, hoods, hats are all great places to warm up. In the Winter months  we put hot water bottles in their carry cases to keep them warm so often need a supply of warm water to top them up when we arrive and/or leave the venue.

It’s a shame we don’t get booked for more adult parties as snakes go down so well at them when we do, people just love chatting and chilling at parties with a friendly snake  wrapped around them 🙂

Below are some photos of people having fun with snakes at an adults birthday party.