U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to access amphibian species in Midwest

(KFVS) - The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will be accessing the status of five reptile and amphibian species that are in the Midwest.

They want to determine whether they are protected under  the Endangered Species Act and if it is warranted. An in-depth study will be of the spotted turtle, alligator, snapping turtle, Blanding's turtle, Illinois chorus frog and green salamander.

Twenty species of reptiles and amphibians are being reviewed and one plant nationwide in response to petitions from the Center for Biological Diversity.

Every species listed are found in shallow wetland habitats in the Great Lakes region, including Illinois, Indiana, Michigan and Ohio, as well as some Atlantic coastal states.

Once the Service have been completed its assessment of the species, the agency will determine whether to propose any as endangered or threatened under the Endangered Species Act.

For each species, the Service can determine whether that listing is warranted, not warranted, or may determine that listing is warranted but currently precluded due to the needs of higher priority species. 

The Service is seeking information about these species thorough August 31, 2015. You may submit your information electronically to http://regulations.gov or U.S. mail or hand delivery to the address below.

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