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A girl holds up a western diamondback rattlesnake at a derby in Mangum, OK.

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Predators like this rat snake make for a long, tense incubating period for endangered Attwater’s prairie-chickens. Many of the few nests in the wild are destroyed before the eggs hatch.

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The Wyoming toad is one of the most endangered amphibians in the US. Amphibians absorb pollution through their skin, and their eggs are sensitive to UV rays, which are in higher concentration due to a thinning ozone layer.

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The late Ila Loetscher (d. 2000), “the turtle lady” worked to save the reptiles on South Padre Island, Texas.

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The late Ila Loetscher (d. 2000), “the turtle lady” worked to save the reptiles on South Padre Island, Texas.

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The late Ila Loetscher (d. 2000), “the turtle lady” worked to save the reptiles on South Padre Island, Texas.

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The late Ila Loetscher (d. 2000), “the turtle lady” worked to save the reptiles on South Padre Island, Texas.

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Activist Eldon Hughes, shown at Joshua Tree National Monument in California’s Mojave Desert has worked to protect the desert habitat of the threatened desert tortoise.

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Activist Eldon Hughes, shown at Joshua Tree National Monument in California’s Mojave Desert has worked to protect the desert habitat of the threatened desert tortoise.

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A girl holds a small pig near a muddy pig pen in Bennett, Nebraska.

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A wildlife rescue member holds her hand-raised bobcat at her home in Eastern Nebraska.

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A wildlife rescue member holds her hand-raised bobcat at her home in Eastern Nebraska.

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A wildlife rescue member holds her hand-raised bobcat at her home in Eastern Nebraska.

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A wildlife rescue member holds her hand-raised bobcat at her home in Eastern Nebraska.

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The San Diego coast horned lizard (Phrynosoma coronatum), not yet listed, but a species of special concern, in El Segundo, California.

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The endangered Key Largo cotton mouse in the hands of a researcher in Key Largo, Florida.

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