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Lake Erie Watersnake (Nerodia sipedon insularum)


Lake Erie Watersnake Delisted due to Recovery

Lake Erie watersnake on boardwalk near "Water Snakes Welcome Here" sign.  Photo by USFWS

Protection from direct killing and measures to prevent habitat loss helped Lake Erie watersnake numbers rebound. Public outreach played a key role in the snake's rapid recovery.


News Release (August 15, 2011) Salazar Announces Successful Recovery of Lake Erie Watersnake


Federal Register Final Rule (August 16,2011): Removal of the Lake Erie Watersnake (Nerodia sipedon insularum) From the Federal List of Endangered and Threatened Wildlife


Questions and Answers about the Final Rule to Remove Endangered Species Act Protection for the Lake Erie Watersnake


Post-Delisting Monitoring Plan for the Lake Erie Watersnake on the Offshore Islands of Western Lake Erie


Lake Erie Watersnake Guidelines for Construction, Development, and Land Management - August 2011


Lake Erie Watersnake Fact Sheet


Life history, Ecology and Regulatory Information

Lake Erie watersnake research and survey work featured on Dirty Jobs - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PVSXH1aDP8A


Species Profile links to the national U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service web pages


Lake Erie Water Snake information on the Ohio Field Office Website


Fact Sheet


Final Rule to List as Threatened


Recovery Information

Lake Erie Water Snake Five-year Review (August 2009)


Recovery Plan (pdf 1.6MB; 111 pages)


Federal Register Notice of Availability of the Approved Recovery Plan for the Lake Erie Water Snake (Nerodia sipedon insularum)



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Last updated: October 10, 2018