The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is reviewing 10 species of reptiles and amphibians to consider them for federal protection, eight of which can be found in Florida and two of which can be found in Manatee County.
The review was prompted by a petition in 2012 claiming 53 reptiles and amphibians require federal protection under the Endangered Species Act, according to a release. The Fish and Wildlife Service announced Tuesday that five species would be given no further consideration and 10 were flagged for more review.
The substantial finding triggering a deeper review is the first step to an animal being given federal protection.
“The Service bases decisions on the best available science at the time of the petition while ensuring transparency throughout the decision-making process,” said Cindy Dohner, southeast regional director of the Fish and Wildlife Service. “For those petitions that will move on to a more in-depth review, that process will include the opportunity for significant input from states, partners, stakeholders, and the public.”
The eight species that were flagged and can be found in Florida include:
- Alligator snapping turtle - Apalachicola kingsnake- Cedar Key mole skink- Gopher frog - Key ring-necked snake- Rim Rock crowned snake- Southern hog-nosed snake- Spotted turtle
Two of those, the alligator snapping turtle and the southern hog-nosed snake, can be found in Manatee County