DEP says northern pine snake still threatened

Image via www.coastalplainsreptiles.comThe northern pine snake is rightly considered a threatened species in New Jersey because development continues to overtake the snakes’ habitat, despite strict building controls in the Pinelands region, the state Department of Environmental Protection said, in rejecting a petition from the New Jersey Builders Association to have pine snakes removed from the threatened and endangered species list.

“Our analysis shows that within New Jersey a wide range of threats exist, and many¬† of these threats are increasing,” wrote authors of a new DEP pine snake assessment, undertaken in response to the builders’ challenge. Snakes are killed by road traffic and eaten by predators like feral cats and skunks that thrive side-by-side with people, the report says.

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About Candace M Hansen

Wildlife advocate, conservationist and environmentalist.
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