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.


Childrens Snake Party at Hackney N1

The snakes did their usual brilliant job of entertaining at this childrens snake party, not just the children at Bruno’s party, many of the adults had lots of fun too,  here’s a photo of his Mum – Kate


And here’s a photo of his Dad – Beanie, all of the snakes that we take to childrens parties are very child friendly and are used to being      handled by children – we never take any nervous snakes out to meet the public

.This little chap is holding a Kenyan Sand Boa we have a whole family of these snakes, Sandy and Kenny came to live in the Sanctuary 11yrs ago they were both 5/6yrs old, we have their daughters Becky and Susie who are 10yrs old and in 2011 Sandy and Kenny had some more babies and we found homes for most of them but have 5 babies now who have already been out and about relieving people of their fears, they are one of the cutest and smallest of snakes, they don’t move too fast and are very nice to handle so they help to calm people if they are at all worried about snakes. So many children and adults have overcome their fears by meeting the Kenyan Sand Boas. 

Childrens Snake Party in May

Childrens Party photos, I didn’t have this blog site up and running in May and just came across these lovely photos.  Here you can see how much the children enjoy handling the snakes they are given a lot of freedom with them, I find that if you give children some responsibility they behave brilliantly.  As you can see by the photos the Birthday child gets to hold as many snakes as possible for a photo at the end, I usually bring 8 snakes.  The children learn so much about snakes this way at the same time they have lots of fun because snakes are fun we’re continually breaking down the misconceptions this way.

Birthday boy with all the snakes

Fun with Cornsnakes

The Birthday boy holds lots of snakes for a memorable photo

Children Learning about Snakes

100 children to entertain at an out of school club!!

We were booked to entertain the children in the school holidays on the 7th Aug at All Saints Church, Woodford Green, Essex – we had visited there many years ago when there were probably 40 or 50 children so it was a big surprise to see so many – I had to mike up to talk to them! All went very well and much fun was had meeting the snakes as you can see by the photos.

Handling Alex

Clacton Footy Club

We’ll be there Saturday 28th July with lots of snakes and hope to get lots of brilliant photos to upload to the site 🙂