With threats like habitat destruction, toxic pesticides and climate change, amphibians and reptiles are dying off at up to 10,000 times the historic extinction rate. This loss is especially alarming because frogs, salamanders and snakes play important roles as predators and prey, and are key indicators of ecosystem health.
That's why the Center for Biological Diversity filed a 2012 petition -- the largest of its kind in history -- seeking protection for dozens of our nation's rarest herpetofauna. In response to our petition, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is now considering whether 20 of these "herps" deserve protection under the Endangered Species Act.
With your help we can save the alligator snapping turtle -- the largest freshwater turtle in North America -- and the inch-long Illinois chorus frog, as well as these 18 other species.
August 19, 2015 Action Alert ID# 262
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