Yesterday we went to the insect zoo in Chiang Mai, Thailand. We got a songthaew, which is kind of like a taxi and a bus mixed together because it can pick up lots of people who all sit in the back together, but it drops everyone anywhere they need to go. They are always red. There was quite a lot of traffic on the way to the zoo, which is normal in Thailand.
When we arrived at the zoo, the first thing we did was get our tickets. Then we looked at some caterpillars and I got to hold some. At first it was strange because I didn’t know what to expect, but they didn’t really feel like anything other than slightly sticky, tickle on my hand.
After that, we went to go and see the tarantula spiders! They were so big! Some were hiding in holes in their tanks, so you had to try and look for them. The biggest was a bird-eating spider and it was enormous and very hairy. I wouldn’t want to try and hold a spider as they are just too scary!
Then we went into the butterfly area. In here, Ruben andI both put our hands out as we hoped the butterflies would land on us, like they did at the Butterfly Farm in New Zealand, but they didn’t land on us here. The butterflies here were busy landing on all the flowers.
Next we saw some Bearded Dragons. I got to hold one! It had a long tail and it was spiky on its back. On the bottom it felt smooth and cold on its chest. I think I would like to get a Bearded Dragon as a pet and maybe a kitten as well.
The last thing we looked at was the giant millipedes. I had already seen one of these on the ground in Vietnam. We didn’t know then whether it was poisonous or not, and here I learnt that it was, so I’m glad I didn’t touch the one I saw in Vietnam! The other sort that wasn’t poisonous, you were allowed to hold at the zoo. Ruben did, but I didn’t really like the feeling of all its legs on my hands, so I just watched this time!
At the zoo you could also hold lots of different kinds of stick insects and also scorpions too! The man said the scorpions weren’t that harmful if they stung you, so it was OK to touch them, but they moved very quickly, so none of my family wanted to hold one! We saw a giant scorpion in the road at a market when we were in Koh Phangan ages ago. These weren’t as big as that one though!
I really liked seeing all the insects at the zoo as I am very interested in animals and creatures. My favourite thing at the zoo was the Bearded Dragons.