ANIMAL ACTIVITY LICENCE: MALCOLM STUART WOOD (CBCAAL/062)
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Here is a selection of videos of our various beasts (snakes, lizards, African flower & fruit beetles, tarantulas, millipedes, scorpion & cockroaches).
These give you an up-close insight into our animals when they are on their own, away from the various businesses, schools, community & public events and parties that we attend.
Use these links to access videos of our different animals:
AFRICAN FLOWER & FRUIT BEETLES
More videos can be viewed on our new Meet The Beasts YouTube Channel
The collection of videos will continue to grow & evolve as our opportunities to film them increases.
"The students were left ‘buzzing’ and
thoroughly enjoyed your sessions. Your enthusiasm and patience
made the sessions even more enjoyable. Your range of reptiles
made it very different to other sessions that are available
and we appreciated the extras you did. We look forward to
working with you again in the near future."
Science Teacher: Rushey Mead School, Leicester
How Meet The Beasts has helped adults & children face their fears, overcome them & grow in confidence - Real Case Histories
We have a number of different species of snakes, from our small comical Western Hognose to Geoff, our large young Boa Constrictor. Each with their own personality & temperament, our snakes are always popular in our workshops.
Meet George, our banded California Kingsnake. He doesn't make many trips out as he is rather unpredictable, attacking himself (this video) as well as people. Why?
Meet Burtie (Burtie-Bob-Bungle), our baby Brazilian
Rainbow Boa. He hasn't yet
made any trips out as he is still very small but he already has the beautiful rainbow colours.
Eating his first meal with us.
Meet Geoff The BoaTM, our young Common Boa. Geoff is one of our most popular animals by virtue of his size & gentleness. he does nothing quickly (except strike) & actually seems to enjoy human company & being handled.
a. Getting ready to eat his evening meal (Notice the rocking head motion which shows that he has smelt his prey. All he needs to do now is locate it, which he did immediately after this video).
b. Geoff The BoaTM enjoying fresh air & sunshine
Meet Lucy, our gentle Blair's Phase Grey Banded Kingsnake. We took her in as a rescue snake due to slightly deformed spine, but she has lived happily with us for the past 14 years. Always popular at events even though she can be quite wriggly.
Here she is enjoying sunshine & fresh air.
Meet Eric, our Chihuahua Mountain Kingsnake. Beautiful colours & small size make Eric popular at our events. Although very gentle, he can be quite wriggly & has been known to musk people (definitely NOT the same musk made by Calvin Kline)!!
Here he is enjoying sunshine & fresh air.
Meet Jigsaw, our Yellow x Grey Rat Snake Cross. She used to be quite unpredictable & defensive but has now calmed-down into a beautiful friendly snake.
Here she is trying to pluck up courage to come out of her tank but not quite making it!
"One little girl who had been suffering from heart
palpitations & sweats of fear over the past two days at the thought of seeing a
snake, left today with a smile on her face as she told me she'd held Geoff the
Boa, by herself FIVE times! Her mum won't believe it until we show her the
Teacher; Broadfields Primary School, Edgware, London
Our small collection of lizards is, nevertheless, very interesting. Leopard Geckos & Australian Inland Bearded Dragon are our mainstay. Always very popular at our events these mini dinosaurs are very gentle & quite comical. If you look carefully when we visit you can see daylight straight through their head!
Meet Boris, our young Australian Inland Bearded Dragon. He's still quite young but getting ready to meet new friends. He's very active & very funny.
a. Hand Feeding
Here's Boris feeding from our hand.
Here's Boris being a bit hesitant about eating his dinner, until he sees them move!
c. Eating Banana
Here's Boris not hesitating about eating a banana!
"I NEVER thought I could touch a snake, let alone
hold it. Thank you for your patience. You don't realise how much of
an achievement for me this is!"
Teacher in Staff Room; Bush Hill Primary School, Enfield
We have a wide range of tarantulas, from smaller to larger, from dull to intense colours, from placid to very defensive. Here are a few videos showing some of our spiders in action. More will be added as we get chance to see them in their habitats.
Meet our juvenile female Singapore Blue Tarantula. She's very pretty but also very fast & defensive so we don't handle her. Sometimes she comes out to feed.
At other times, as in this video, she comes out to do a bit of tidying-up & rearranging. Sadly our little lady died recently, but we're leaving her video here so you can enjoy her beautiful colours.
Meet our male Brazilian White Knee Tarantula. He's pretty big with a leg-span of nearly 8-inches (20cm). We don't handle him as he's very fast & quite defensive.
a. Spinning a Sperm Web
Mature male tarantulas spin a sperm web in preparation for mating. Although we don't have a female, our male certainly knows what he wants.
b. Inside His Sperm Web
Here he is lying inside his sperm web with close-up shots of his pedipalps & fangs.
c. Catching Dinner
This gives you an idea of how fast tarantulas can move if they want to. In this short video, our Brazilian White Knee catches a cricket (taken when he was still a juvenile).
"Our Foundation students were spellbound. They don't get chance to see such lovely animals up-close, certainly not to touch & hold them. We're going on an outing to a local adventure park next week & I think many more will now want to visit the reptile & insect houses. Thank you."
Teacher; Bush Hill Primary School, Enfield, London
Meet our Green Bottle Blue tarantula. He is now quite old but here is a video of him when he was younger catching dinner.
As you will see, he can move rather quickly.
Meet our Philippine Orange tarantula, formerly Selenobrachys philippinus but re-classified to Orphnaecus philippinus.
This lady is very slow growing but very fast moving & defensive. But, in this video you can see how she is able to stay perfectly still (especially when the camera is rolling!). A beautiful tarantula.
Meet our Indian Ornamental tarantula. These wonderfully coloured, tree-dwelling tarantulas are fast, defensive & not for handling as their venom, although not fatal, can cause a lot of discomfort, swelling & fever.
In this short video you can see how keen their senses are, as a cricket is lowered towards the hide without touching anything. We call this 'hand feeding' as it's as close as we'll get!
Meet our young Orange Baboon Tarantula. These notoriously defensive spiders (OBT can also stand for 'Orange Bitey Thing') have beautiful golden bodies & legs. Like most African spiders they are not for handling!
Here's a short video of our OBT catching a cricket when it was still very young. Leg-span is now around 4-inches (10cm).
"Wow! What a day. There have been some miracles today as the least likely children have run up & told me they've handled a snake. Great service with real sensitivity. We loved the way you worked at each individual child's pace. Thank you so much."
NH; Teacher; Gateway Primary School, Westminster, London
We love our millipedes! It's always fascinating watching them co-ordinate the movement of over 300 legs as they walk, effortlessly around their enclosures. Most produce a strong-smelling, quite toxic liquid which they secrete through their skins as a means of defence. On contact with the skin it can cause staining, irritation & rashes.
Here are some videos showing the diversity of millipedes in/have been in our collection. In a few of the videos you will see woodlice which we keep in the tanks to reduce mould & fungus. They are also great 'Hoovers' for left-over food.
Meet one of our Cameroon Gold Striped Millipedes. These large, stocky, powerful millipedes love to burrow.
This first video shows how efficiently these millipedes can burrow & disappear underground
This clip shows the beautiful wave-like motions of the millipede's legs as it walks. They are surprisingly fast once they start moving.
Meet our colourful Madagascan Fire Millipedes. With their striking red-orange bodies & yellow legs they really do light-up our millipede tank.
Here's a short video showing one of our fire millipedes settling in to its new home. Beautiful.
Meet our Tanzanian Pink-Legged Millipedes. These active millipedes have striking pink legs & black (often glossy) bodies. They spend a lot of time near or on the surface & also like to climb.
This is a short video showing one of our Tanzanian Pink Legged Millipedes out for a stroll around its tank. Fascinating.
"Hi Stuart, Thanks so much for Saturday it was a really great session. You had a really lovely way with the children and I know they had a fantastic time (no one ever expected them all to stay engaged for the full hour). The centre staff were really impressed and already talking about trying to book you again for some of there other groups. I will also send your details on to our link at the council so they forward it on to other similar projects. Best Wishes."
Holiday Club Leader; HandMade Theatre, Nottingham
Meet our Philippine Gold-Striped Millipede. Sadly no longer with us, this short video gives you an idea of just how quickly millipedes can move when they want to. This was a lovely specimen; very shiny & always active (although it enjoyed burrowing & stayed underground for most of the time). Like most millipedes it could be seen bumbling around after dark.
Meet our Malaysian Black White-Legged Millipede. Again sadly no longer with us, this is another example of the variety in shape, colour, size & appearance of millipedes. Again, a very active millipede which spent quite a lot of time under the surface.
Meet our Tanzanian Giant Train Millipede. Although this adult is no longer with us, we do have a young specimen which is growing nicely.
This is a short video which captures the leg movements & gives you an idea of their size (although this one was by no means fully grown).
Meet our Young African Olive Millipede (Spirostreptida gregarious). One of our young millipedes which is growing nicely. You can see the beautiful olive colour in the light, with darker body bands & lighter legs.
"Hi Stuart Thank you so much for coming in and everything that you did with the pupils. They absolutely loved it! We will definitely be looking at booking for events with you both! Thank you for the pictures, I will have a look now :)"
Teacher; St Mary's Catholic High School, Astley, Wigan
Meet our African Flower Beetles. Although short-lived, we love these beautiful, brightly-coloured beetles.
As you will see from the videos below, they are great fun to keep & watch, especially due to their unpredictable behaviour.
a. Flying Lessons
b. Bumbling Around
d. Flying Again
d. Beetle Tai Chi?
e. Our captive Bred Colony of Beetles Grows
Our Giant African Fruit Beetles (Eudicella aethiopica) are also short-lived, beautiful, brightly-coloured beetles.
Our African Jewel Beetles are very shy but well-worth waiting for as they have beautiful, metallic, iridescent shells which reflect different colours depending on which angle they are viewed from.
As you can imagine, catching them on video is not always easy as they spend a lot of time hiding & even if they are on the top, will dive underground for cover if disturbed. The collection will grow as the opportunity arises.
Our African Purple Jewel Beetles (Smagdethnes africana oertzani) have an intense purple shell, which when viewed in bright light or from different angles also reflects iridescent shades of turquoise blue. Truly spectacular!
b. With Eudicella aethiopica
"Mummy! Mummy! I've held two
Pupil; Broadfields Primary School, Edgware, London
Our African Green Jewel Beetles (Chlorocala africana africana) have an intense green shell, which when viewed in bright light or from different angles also reflects iridescent shades of yellow & orange. Lovely!
Finally, here's a 'bonus video' that Stuart took in a local pet shop of a baby chameleon that sort of 'ran' when it saw me through the glass. You can probably hear him chuckling on the video.
"We've had other groups doing similar things with our students before, but none of them engaged them like you did. Thank you and we'll definitely be in touch again in future!"
Teacher: Abington High School, Leicester
How Meet The Beasts has helped adults & children face their fears, overcome them & grow in confidence - Real Case Histories
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