The Incredible 4 Critters and Plants Company

Brown colored anole with green eyes, poking its head over a bundle of leaves.
We looked closely inside the glass tank, which is located in the upstairs hallway. Inside the tank we saw lots of live plants and some not alive. We saw branches, some thick and twisted, and one that looked like it came from someone’s backyard. A small, round, dish containing mealworms was sitting on a brown substance covering the bottom of the tank. We looked closely into all the green leaves looking for the three anoles. Finally, we walked around the tank and spied all three in a clump of leaves on the back wall. We saw one large green anole and a large and small one that were brown.

We were curious to know why we had a Critter Corner and why anoles were our new neighbors. Dr. Reinemann, our Assistant Principal, established the Critter Corner. View of the entire body of an anole from his nose to his tail.We interviewed her to learn more. She said, “it’s a way to learn about a critter that doesn’t live outside” [in the Northeast region of the United States of America]. Anoles are easy to take care of, she shared. They don’t need to be fed everyday. The anoles live in tropical environments; you might see them climbing on screens in Florida. One died over the summer and she bought another anole at the beginning of school, this year.

We heard there might be a new critter living upstairs. She explained, “Something that’s not an anole.” She’s considering a turtle because they live on land and in water and are different from anoles. They are also vegetarians; the anoles are carnivores. She’s still thinking of having something different from anoles. Dr. Reinemann can’t choose an animal with fur or feathers because of people’s allergies. She’s still open to suggestions.

Most people name their pets, so we could have a naming contest? She remarked, “we need to see him or her first before we name it”. We didn’t name the anoles because it is to hard to tell them apart. Maybe we could have a contest to name the new critter.

Finally, we wondered what other plans she has for the Critter Corner. Dr. Reinemann informed us that she would like to have posters to tell people about the animals. Convincing more kids to be involved with the Critter Corner would be a great thing.

Glass shapped open donunt housing an air fern plant which doesn't require any soil.
Since we last spoke with Dr. Reinemann, there is no new animal but there are changes in the Critter Corner. She has added some plants to the corner. These plants require different amounts of water; a plant that lives in water with a Betta fish to keep it company, there’s also some desert plants that only need to be misted once a week, to an air fern which requires no water or soil to grow. Please check back in and we will let you know wPlant that lives underwater with a friendly Betta Fish for company.hat the new resident, in the Critter Corner, will be.

Reported by Abigail, Jenna, and Samuel


4 thoughts on “The Incredible 4 Critters and Plants Company

  1. Hi Sam, Abigail and Jenna

    Thank you for writing about the critter corner. I must admit that I have seen the tank in the hallway, but never knew that there were three animals living inside.

    It was very helpful to have a photo of the anoles. Not just because that is proof that they are in the tank, but because I now know what they are. Sam knows a lot about animals, so it would not surprise me if he already knew about these.

    Keep up the good team work, and sharing your writing with the world!

    From Sam’s Dad

  2. Sam, Abigail and Jenna:
    Great article on the Critter Corner. Jenna, I know you have seen anoles and air ferns when you visit us in Florida. When you come the next time we can catch a few and you can take them back to the Critter Corner to share with everyone.

    Jenna’s Grampa & Meme

  3. Abigail,Jenna and Sam

    Amazing article very informative I thought you did a great job.I never noticed the Critter corner before, I will be sure to check next time I come by.

    Abigail’s Mum

  4. Dear Sam, Jenna and Abigail,

    I enjoyed reading your post about the Critter Corner. The anoles are a challenge to see, aren’t they?! For the longest time I thought the small one had escaped, but I saw it the other day. Phew!

    Did you hear that one of the large anoles escaped a few weeks ago? Thankfully, it stayed close to the tank by the warming lamp. Dr. Reinemann, Mr. Tom and I tried to catch it, but it ran up the wall to the ceiling. I covered it with a box and tried to gently bring it down to where we could easily grab it, but it got out at the last minute and almost jumped on my head. Yikes! Brave Mr. Tom climbed on the table (please don’t try that!) and was able to catch the runaway lizard with a red cup. I think the anole was very happy to be safe and sound inside his tank!

    Thanks again for reporting on the Critter Corner! You did a nice job of describing it so that people who aren’t at Chickering can get a clear picture in their minds of what it is like.

    ~Mrs. Chiavarini

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