National Geographic : 1956 Nov
Fear Turns to Fascination as Schoolgirls Discover Inky's Friendly Nature "Snakes are marvelous lec ture animals," says the author, "for fallacies can be explained and the children taught not to persecute beneficial species. If a snake is not included in the day's program, the girls and boys make me promise to bring one next time." When youngsters realize the snake won't harm them, they move in closer to see the skin pattern and to feel the scales. Maggie, another snake that often accompanies Miss Mc Crane, inspired one little girl to write an essay: "Yesterday we had a visitor from the Bronx Zoo. She brought a boa constrictor. The snake was named Maggie and it was covered with a design. I was afraid to even touch it. But someone pushed me, and I touched it, and I liked the feel."