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Updated Jan 18, 2014 - 9:25 am

Center for Biological Diversity seeks federal protection for rare amphibians

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — An environmental group is going to court in an effort
to protect several rare amphibians and reptiles found in New Mexico, Texas and
Arizona.

The Center for Biological Diversity has filed a formal notice of its intent to
sue the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in an attempt to add the scaly and slimy
creatures to the federal threatened and endangered species list.

The species include the Rio Grande cooter, Arizona toad, Arizona night lizard,
Bezy’s night lizard, the reticulate collared lizard, the Yuman Desert
fringe-toed lizard and the Cascade Caverns salamander.

The Center for Biological Diversity contended the species are in danger because
their habitat is being threatened.

Biologist and lawyer Collette Adkins Giese said the creatures, although rarely
seen, are part of what make the Southwest unique.

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