A SNAKE and a hissing cockroach were among the exotic species introduced to fascinated pupils at Keighley's Holy Family Catholic School.

They were given a chance to have a close encounter with creatures more commonly seen in the tropical rainforest than in West Yorkshire, courtesy of a visit by an educational charity called Zoolab.

Teacher Cath Owens said: "Our students in years nine and ten are undertaking a project exploring the climate and environment of Brazil, which is linked to the theme of the Football World Cup.

"As part of this project, Zoolab came in to talk to the students about the issues facing the Amazon, and brought with them a number of rainforest animals."