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The water snake is doing swimmingly

Tom Jackson • Mar 23, 2010 at 6:28 PM

If you’re tired of always hearing bad news about the environment, here’s a spot of good news: The Lake Erie Water Snake is thriving.

On Sunday nght, I heard a lecture on the snake from the Snake Lady, aka Kristin Stanford, a research associate at Stone Laboratory. The snake is only found on Lake Erie Islands in the western basin of Lake Erie, such as South Bass Island.

A few years ago, it was federally listed as a threatened species, and a recovery plan was filed with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. The plan called for establishing an adult population of 5,500 snakes on the islands. Currently, there are more than 11,000 adult snakes, Stanford reported.

Stanford said in her next report to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, she plans to recommend the snake be "de-listed." In other words, it would not longer be listed as threatened.

For more on the snake, see Stanford’s snake site.

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