Trip fun, educational for student

Hannah Olka holds a black rat snake during a visit to the Wapsi River Environmental Education Center in Dixon.

By Hannah Olka

On my trip to the Wapsi River Environmental Education Center in Dixon, one of the guides, Katie, let me hold a black rat snake. I almost cried because I was so happy.

The Black Rat snake was the biggest snake that was there. I had the best time ever!

One of the facts I can recall about this type of snake is that the Black Rat snake is black, of course. It can grow to be anywhere from 42 to 72 inches long. The Black Rat snake is a calm snake and it is one of the harmless snakes found in America.

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