Our Lower Elementary students were engaged with a wonderful presentation about reptiles by naturalist, Joy Marzoff, from Broadmoor Wildlife Sanctuary. The students learned many interesting facts about the reptiles they saw. They saw a painted turtle in both its adolescent and adult size and learned about countershading, a form of camouflage and why the turtles use it to hide from predators. They then saw a milk snake and learned how important they are in controlling the rodent population and what effect that has on the ecosystem. Then they met a ball python which has “scoot scales” on its underside to assist its movement, then a boa which gives birth to live offspring, and bearded dragon lizard from Australia. Through the engaging and interactive presentation, the students were guided to understand the animal’s behaviors from their own needs.
April 19 - April 25