The water snake is doing swimmingly

Tom Jackson
Mar 23, 2010

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.

Comments

Anonymous

That's just great, now maybe people can build a small place on the island without having to pay $300K for a Corps of Engneers study and permit. What a waste...

Crackhead

the snakes Tom. good job Tom. you have justified your job for another week.

hey man, why can't any of you fine "journalists" find the time to find out more about the water out here in Margaretta? why don't you spend some time researching why there is so much cancer in Erie county? why don't you want to waste your time covering the stuff that affects our health rather than who's doing what to who? the register prints a story months ago about the water out here and then there is no follow up?

worthless. i wish i had the credentials you have, i'd do it myself. if your not using your credentials, loan them to me. i'd love to have that power for a week...