Lawsuit seeks protection for Kirtland’s snake

WISH File Photo
WISH File Photo

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — 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. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language, off topic, or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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