US: Protect Louisiana, Texas land for rare burrowing snake


              This photo provided the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service shows U.S. Forest Service biologist Steve Shively holding “Mr. Snake,” a threatened Louisiana pinesnake kept for education and outreach, on July 11, 2022, at the USFS office in the Evangeline Unit of the Calcasieu District of Kisatchie National Forest, near Alexandria, La. The U.S. government has proposed protecting four areas in Louisiana and two in Texas as critical habitat for the constrictor, which eats pocket gophers and takes over their burrows in longleaf pine savannas. (Ian Fischer/U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service via AP)
            
              This photo provided the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service shows “Mr. Snake,” a threatened Louisiana pinesnake kept for education and outreach, on July 11, 2022, at the USFS office in the Evangeline Unit of the Calcasieu District of Kisatchie National Forest, near Alexandria, La. The U.S. government has proposed protecting four areas in Louisiana and two in Texas as critical habitat for the constrictor, which eats pocket gophers and takes over their burrows in longleaf pine savannas. (Ian Fischer/U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service via AP)