Lab_13 Pets at Irchester!

We have some great news!

We have a new lab_13 pet – our Giant African Land Snails have reproduced. LAst week, we were fortunate to notice a teeny semi transparent snail sliding across the glass at the front of the GALS enclosure. It’s unusual to have just one baby but this happened when we found Hawking too. He is now over 12months old.

Snails can start breeding after around 6 months and the larger of the pair will normally carry the eggs. We don’t know which of the adults are parents as African Land Snails are hermaphrodites, meaning that one snail is both both male and female. Often one snail can even “self-fertilise” meaning it can breed by itself! IMG_20150130_140913

Unfortunately, one of the older GALS has died. We rescued them over two years ago, so we were unsure of how old they were. The new baby will be called Shelly Newton after her uncle Newton who died. Here is Shelly on top of Hawking on top of Brunel! Look how big she will grow!

We love having pets in the lab and it is nice to check on them everyday! Shelly’s arrival has brought our pet total back to 13!

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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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