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Sunday 21 September 2014

Creepy crawlies!

Published 18/03/2014 | 05:40

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Srlin Barrett and Rachel Brennan get close to a California King Snake with Michael Dugon

A SNAKE, tarantula and two scorpions in a South Sligo school. No cause for alarm, however.

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Rather, it was a visit by 'Bug Doctor', Michael Dugon, to the Holy Family NS, Tubbercurry.

Pupils and staff got 'up close and personal' to a variety of different creatures.

Michael also brought a California King Snake, a Gecko lizard, a large black beetle, a centipede, a stick insect, giant snails and a cockroach.

He works with NUIG as part of an 'Eco Explorers' initiative.

Holy Family NS Principal, Bernie Ryan said: "It was a great day in school.

"Michael told the children interesting facts about the creatures. The pupils had opportunities to look and touch them.

"Some even let the tarantula walk across their hands and put a snake around their neck."

Michael's visit was part of the school's Discover Primary Science application and a Bio Diversity application under the Green Flag scheme.

Bernie said: "We are now having a writing competition to see who can recall the day the best."

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