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Chameleons hatch over the holidays at Papplewick School

Chameleons hatch over the holidays at Papplewick School

David Lee

Chameleons hatch over the holidays at Papplewick School

A surprise was in store for pupils at an Ascot school when they returned for the new year as they found more than 40 Yemen chameleons had hatched in their science lab.

Back in August two of the female reptiles laid about 50 eggs which were harvested and placed in tubs in an incubator at Papplewick School, in Windsor Road.

The project was overseen by pupils in Papplewick’s Herpetology Club, which has more than 100 members.

As part of the club’s activities, the boys help to feed snakes and lizards and study them in science lessons.

The club has about 60 non-poisonous snakes, more than 20 bearded dragons and a number of leopard geckos.

Headteacher Tom Bunbury said: “Over 40 eggs have hatched and the growing terrarium is swarming with happy, healthy and thriving babies.

“The boys are having a lot of fun playing with them.” 

Pupils will look after the chameleons for two weeks before sending them to a reptile wholesaler.

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