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Duane Sherrill photo Emily Clayborn, sitting in Mike Clayborn’s (her grandfather’s lap), timidly extends her finger to pet Mazie the Corn Snake during the Summer Reading Program at Justin Potter Library.

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Two-year-old Emily Clayborn timidly stuck out her finger, touching Mazie the Corn Snake’s scaly side as her grandfather, Mike Clayborn, sat in amazement.

“She asked to touch it,” he said as he held his granddaughter in his lap while she pet the corn snake being shown off by rangers from Edgar Evins State Park during the Summer Reading Program at Justin Potter Library. “She wasn’t scared a bit.”

Little Emily was one of many children who dared to pet the friendly snake held by Ranger Nick Fleishour.

“They love it,” said fellow Ranger Brad Halfacre of the reaction ...

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