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Students in Mrs. Well's kindergarten class at Sloan-Hendrix School in Imboden got a close up look at this orange corn snake during a recent visit from the Arkansas Game and Fish.

Ark. Game & Fish educates S-H students

Sloan-Hendrix Elementary and Middle School students were given an educational introduction to fish and reptiles on Friday.

Jason Hickman and Sean Saunders, Arkansas Game and Fish technicians with the Spring River Trout Hatchery in Mammoth Spring, presented an exhibit for the students.

Hickman brought the fish tank truck to show the students how fish are transported from one location to another. He explained how they put fish into the truck, how the fish travel, and what they did with the fish when they reached their final destination.

Saunders brought several reptiles and amphibians such as the tiger salamander, leopard gecko, common cooter turtle, five-lined skink and the three-toed box turtle. Snakes that were shown were the ringneck snake, broad-banded water snake, speckled king snake, rough earth snake and copperhead snakes.

Saunders also brought a corn snake that was an orange color. He was able to take it out of its cage so that some of the students could get a better look at it. There was also a common bullfrog, collared lizard and a preserved three-toed amphiuma.

Hickman and Saunders also provided each of the students with a gift packet from the AGFC. Students received stickers, "Mammals of Arkansas" cards, an "Arkansas Snake Guide" booklet and a "Sport Fish Identification Pocket Guide." Other items in the packet included coloring books for the primary students and magazines for the upper elementary and middle school students. The students also received a "Beginner''s Fishing Guide" magazine.

Kids Fishing Derby planned

The students were also told about the Kids Fishing Derby to be held at the Jim Hinkle/Spring River State Fish Hatchery in Mammoth Spring on Saturday, June 13. The hatchery is located two miles south of Mammoth Spring at the end of Highway 342.

Derby hours are from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., and the derby is open to kids 12 years old and younger. Adult supervision is required, and participants must provide their own fishing rod, bait and tackle.

For more information about the fishing derby contact the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission at 877-625-7521.

"The students really enjoyed the exhibits, the packets and all the information that Hickman and Saunders were able to share with them concerning the Spring River Trout Hatchery in Mammoth Spring," Becky Foreman, literacy coach at Sloan-Hendrix, said. "The hatchery is not very far away and it provides an enjoyable educational opportunity."

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