Lawsuit Launched for Federal Protection of Eastern Diamondback Rattlesnakes

Feb 2, 2013
The Reptile Report
by Robyn

The Reptile Report - TALLAHASSEE, Fla.— The Center for Biological Diversity filed a formal notice of intent to sue the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service today for the agency’s failure to protect the eastern diamondback rattlesnake under the Endangered Species Act. Eastern diamondbacks are in steep decline because of habitat destruction and human persecution.

“Eastern diamondbacks are rapidly disappearing all across the southeastern United States, and in some states they’ve more or less vanished. At this point, the only thing that’s going to save them is Endangered Species Act protection,” said the Center’s reptile-and-amphibian specialist, Collette Adkins Giese.

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