New York Field Office
Northeast Region

Chittenango Ovate Amber Snail (Novisuccinea chittenangoensis):


Federal Status: Threatened
NY State Status: Endangered

 

Main Threats: Limited range, human trampling of habitat and snails, flooding, collapse of rock ledge above habitat, invasive plant species

 

Chittenango Ovate Amber Snail
Photo credit: Cody Gilbertson

Chittenango Falls

Species Range :

The Chittenango ovate amber snail (COAS) is only known to occur at Chittenango Falls State Park, Chittenango, New York.

Current Research

Great Lakes Restoration Initiative Project:
SUNY ESF Technician, Cody Gilbertson (at right), is studying the current population size at the falls and rearing COAS in captivity.

Update: During the summer of 2017, Cody led 6 surveys to estimate the current population size.  She also worked with the Rosamond Gifford Zoo to establish a second captive population of COAS.  Finally, on September 15, 2017, 20 captive-reared snails were released into the Chittenango Falls habitat to augment the wild population.

2017 ESF Press Release
2015 Captive Breeding Press Release (pdf)


Inline image 1
   Release crew 2017, Photo credit: Justin Dalaba, USFWS


Videos and Other Information

COAS Podcast
"About a Snail" Part 1
"About a Snail" Part 2
Chittenango Falls, Land of the Snails
Near-Extinct Snail Coaxed into Reproduction at ESF

Protecting New York's Thumbnail-sized Snail
COAS blog post by Cody Gilbertson

NY State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYSDEC) Fact Sheet 

For further information on the Chittenango ovate amber snail, please contact the New York Field Office at 607-753-9334.

Cody Gilbertson

COAS release materials
       Photo credit: Justin Dalaba, USFWS

Biologists releasing COAS in field
      Photo credit: Justin Dalaba, USFWS


Links

Recovery Plan (pdf)
Spotlight Species Action Plan (pdf)
5-year Reviews

Additional Information
Captive Breeding Press Release (pdf)
COAS Podcast
Protecting New York's Thumbnail-sized Snail
COAS blog post by Cody Gilbertson
NY State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYSDEC) Fact Sheet
For further information on the Chittenango ovate amber snail, please contact the New York Field Office at 607-753-9334.

COAS crawling on finger      Photo credit: Justin Dalaba, USFWS

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Last updated: April 30, 2018
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