Lab Pets – Giant African Snail News!

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We have some very exciting snail news! As you know, we have 4 Giant African Snails. who live in Lab_13. Darwin, Newton and Brunel are about 4 years old and little Hawking is almost 1 year.

On Monday we noticed that Hawking had disappeared under the soil. At first we thought she was estivating (when they close up their shell and sort of hibernate

IMG_20140916_160633inside) because it was not moist enough in the tank but when we picked him out we noticed that she had laid 6 eggs! After some research we found out that Giant African Snails will lay their first eggs from 9months old and they will hatch from between 7days to 6weeks. We carefully collected them and put the eggs into a small container with damp soil and left a little gap for some air. The container is in a warm corner of the snail tank and we hope to see some more baby snails very soon!

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Lab_13 is a space in a school managed by pupils for pupils to conduct their own research and experiments driven by their curiosity, imagination and enthusiasm, and under the watchful supervision of a Scientist in Residence (not a teacher!!).
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