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09Sep2014

Having Fish in the Classroom

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When choosing a pet for the classroom, many teachers opt for fish.  Fish aquariums are soothing and tranquil. Fish don’t require as much daily care as some animals and are a safe choice for teachers who do not desire to have a pet that students may want to hold and handle.   Fish allow students to
17Jul2013

Classroom Pet Options

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As you prepare for a new school year, you may be thinking of getting a new classroom pet and considering the different options that are available.  Here are a few recommendations from Pets in the Classroom.   Guinea Pigs – Gentle and social creatures, Guinea pigs are ideal for small children as they are typically
16Jul2013

Pets in the Classroom – What About Rats in the Classroom!

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Despite whatever rumors you’ve heard about these furry creatures, rats are a great candidate to consider for your new classroom pet.  Unlike their wild ancestors, pet rats are clean, social, and a ton of fun to observe. Pets in the Classroom has awarded many grants to teachers to have a rat as a classroom pet!
16Jul2013

Pets in the Classroom Suggests ~ Shed Your Skin with a Snake in the Classroom!

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Despite their somewhat scary reputation, snakes are quickly growing to be one of the more popular pet choices among people of all ages.  Contrary to what you might think, certain snakes can even make great classroom pets.  Recommended beginner snakes like the corn snake come in a variety of beautiful colors and patterns, are docile,
16Jul2013

Pets in the Classroom Suggests Chinchillas in the Classroom!

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Pets in the Classroom wants teachers to have small animals in their classroom. Have you thought about a chinchilla as a classroom pet? Here are some interesting facts on this furry friend!   Chinchillas are crepuscular rodents (meaning they are most active at dawn and dusk, like rabbits) native to the Andes mountains in South America. 
16Jul2013

Pets in the Classroom ~ African Dwarf Frogs

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Children have a natural attraction to and curiosity about animals, but having a pet in the classroom provides more than just an interesting pastime for students.  Working with classroom pets provides kids with valuable social skills. There are many different small mammals, reptiles and fish suitable as a classroom pet. The African Dwarf Frog is a perfect
16Jul2013

Spiders in the Classroom – Oh My! ~ Pets in the Classroom

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If spiders don’t give you the shivers, they can make fascinating pets.  Tarantulas are among the most popular pets and there are over 800 species of Theraphosidae that are native to a variety of areas and climates.  Before deciding on a tarantula for your classroom pet, you’ll need to know a little something about them.
16Jul2013

Pets in the Classroom ~ The Gregarious Gerbil

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Pets in the Classroom would like to introduce you and your students to the “Gregarious Gerbil.”   Gerbils are adorable small rodents who seldom bite and are active during the day, unlike some other small mammals. Gerbils are energetic, social creatures, and can be kept in pairs. Please be sure that you have two gerbils of the
16Jul2013

Beautiful Betta Fish as Pets in the Classroom

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One of the simplest and most beautiful classroom pets is a betta fish.  These gorgeous, vibrantly colored fish live in shallow, warm water in the wild, in the rice paddies of Thailand and Cambodia.  The males are more brightly colored than the females, with longer, flowing fins.  Two males cannot be kept in the same
16Jul2013

Pets in the Classroom Helps You Get Started with Hermit Crabs

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Hermit crabs make an unusual and very interesting classroom pet.  But don’t let the hermit crab’s name fool you – they are not “hermits” but prefer the company of other “hermies” to be at their happiest.  In the wild, hermit crabs travel in packs of up to 100 crabs.  One of the reasons hermit crabs
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