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KIRTLAND'S SNAKE
Environmental group sues federal government, seeking legal protection for Kirtland's snake

Reported by: Associated Press
Reported: Tuesday, June 17, 2014 12:52 PM EDT
TRAVERSE CITY, Mich.


An environmental group is suing the federal government over its delay in extending protection to a rare Midwestern snake.

The Center for Biological Diversity filed its lawsuit Tuesday in U.S. District Court in Washington, D.C. It involves the Kirtland's snake, a prairie wetland species in severe decline because of habitat losses due to development.

Attorney and biologist Collette Adkins Giese says listing the snake under the Endangered Species Act would help preserve its vanishing living areas, which also would help people because wetlands filter toxins from water and prevent flooding.

The small, nonpoisonous Kirtland's snake is found mostly in scattered metropolitan areas of Michigan, Ohio, Illinois, Indiana and Kentucky.

The suit was filed against the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, which had no immediate comment.










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