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Salazar is a young ball python who lives in this beautiful classroom. Don't worry, his bark (or squeeze) is worse than his bite, because Salazar is a constrictor. his particular species of snake is found in central to western Africa. Salazar enjoys sleeping in all day and staying up all night. This is because Salazar is nocturnal. And speaking of night, it's time to say goodnight folks. See you next time!



In Mrs. Collazo's science room, we students are housing some adopted red worms for a vermicomposting project. In this unit we learn about the worms' digestive system, the worms' favorite foods, and much more about nature's perfect creatures. Did you know that a worm has five hearts (click here for a video)? Here's a picture of a worm's digestive track,
worm_intestines.gif The very tip of this diagram show the worm's mouth, which then leads to the pharynx. The pharynx works like an amphibian's tongue. It comes out of the worm's mouth and grabs food particles, then pulls them back in. After the worm pharynx is it's esophagus. This is the long skinny part of the worms system. The esophagus pushes the food particles further into the worm and into the first chamber. This chamber is called the crop. It's kind of like a bus stop where the food waits to be transported into the next chamber. This second chamber is known as the worm's gizzard. In the gizzard, food particles are broken int smaller pieces by bits of sand, rock, and the muscles in the gizzard. The gizzard works as the worms teeth and has very powerful, fluctuating muscles. After the gizzard is the third and final chamber before food particles enter the worm's bloodstream and come out the anus as worm castings (poop). This important chamber is the worm's intestine. In the intestine, the food particles are broken down by digestive acids (kind of like super strong pickle juice) until they are small enough to enter the worm's bloodstream.
Eating and pooping aren't the only things worms do. They also mate... a lot. They do this by rubbing their clitellums together. A worm's clitellum is that raised part that doesn't look the same as the rest of it's body. Did you know that worms are neither male nor female? After mating, each worm lays an egg sac, which baby worms hatch from (click here to see a video).