This fall Clark’s 4th grade class did a unit on live animals, keeping and studying millipedes, frogs, and crabs. It’s definitely one of his favorite things he’s ever done in school. Well, the unit has ended and the creatures were all up for adoption. And of course he wanted some and of course we said yes. So now we have 4 teeny tiny frogs, a bunch of millipedes, and a bunch of little crabs. Paul was most interested in the millipedes, Clark most interested in the crabs, and I stated that they could have them and they would not be my responsibility. I thought I’d be really grossed out by the millipedes
The frogs are very tiny and really do nothing but kick around in their water.
But the crabs! I found them pretty unsettling at first. There are 8 of them and they climb around and make little scratching noises against the plastic and they seemed really creepy. But then I started looking at them. They have eye stalks!! And put their little pincers around the stalks (to clean them?) and don’t cut them off!
And you can see them putting things in their mouth!
There are two males, very distinguishable by their gigantic left claw. They are so uneven looking!
Doesn’t it look like this one has a bowtie? Or a smile?
I’m really enjoying watching them go in their water and do what looks to human eyes like taking a bath. But you know who really loves them? The cat.