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A close up of a banded tree snail (Orthalicus floridensis) from Crocodile Lake National Wildlife Refuge on Key Largo.

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A close up of a banded tree snail (Orthalicus floridensis) from Crocodile Lake National Wildlife Refuge on Key Largo.

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A close up of a banded tree snail (Orthalicus floridensis) from Crocodile Lake National Wildlife Refuge on Key Largo.

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A Liguus tree snail (Liguus fasciatus) at Crocodile Lake National Wildlife Refuge, Key Largo, FL.

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A Liguus tree snail (Liguus fasciatus) at Crocodile Lake National Wildlife Refuge, Key Largo, FL.

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The federally endangered Iowa Pleistocene Snail (Discus macclintocki). This is a relict from the last ice age, some 400,000 years ago. It lives in cold air vents on 37 different hillsides in Iowa (and one in Illinois) and survives only in the cold air that blows past underground ice and out of the cracks in limestone cliffs.

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The federally endangered Iowa Pleistocene Snail (Discus macclintocki). This is a relict from the last ice age, some 400,000 years ago. It lives in cold air vents on 37 different hillsides in Iowa (and one in Illinois) and survives only in the cold air that blows past underground ice and out of the cracks in limestone cliffs.

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The federally endangered Iowa Pleistocene Snail (Discus macclintocki). This is a relict from the last ice age, some 400,000 years ago. It lives in cold air vents on 37 different hillsides in Iowa (and one in Illinois) and survives only in the cold air that blows past underground ice and out of the cracks in limestone cliffs.

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The federally endangered Iowa Pleistocene Snail (Discus macclintocki). This is a relict from the last ice age, some 400,000 years ago. It lives in cold air vents on 37 different hillsides in Iowa (and one in Illinois) and survives only in the cold air that blows past underground ice and out of the cracks in limestone cliffs.

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The federally endangered Iowa Pleistocene Snail (Discus macclintocki). This is a relict from the last ice age, some 400,000 years ago. It lives in cold air vents on 37 different hillsides in Iowa (and one in Illinois) and survives only in the cold air that blows past underground ice and out of the cracks in limestone cliffs.

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The federally endangered Iowa Pleistocene Snail (Discus macclintocki). This is a relict from the last ice age, some 400,000 years ago. It lives in cold air vents on 37 different hillsides in Iowa (and one in Illinois) and survives only in the cold air that blows past underground ice and out of the cracks in limestone cliffs.

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The federally endangered Iowa Pleistocene Snail (Discus macclintocki). This is a relict from the last ice age, some 400,000 years ago. It lives in cold air vents on 37 different hillsides in Iowa (and one in Illinois) and survives only in the cold air that blows past underground ice and out of the cracks in limestone cliffs.

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The habitat of the federally endangered Iowa Pleistocene snail (Discus macclintocki).

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A biological technician and an intern search for the federally endangered Iowa Pleistocene Snail (Discus macclintocki).

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The federally endangered Iowa Pleistocene Snail (Discus macclintocki). This is a relict from the last ice age, some 400,000 years ago. It lives in cold air vents on 37 different hillsides in Iowa (and one in Illinois) and survives only in the cold air that blows past underground ice and out of the cracks in limestone cliffs.

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The federally endangered Iowa Pleistocene Snail (Discus macclintocki). This is a relict from the last ice age, some 400,000 years ago. It lives in cold air vents on 37 different hillsides in Iowa (and one in Illinois) and survives only in the cold air that blows past underground ice and out of the cracks in limestone cliffs.

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The federally endangered Iowa Pleistocene Snail (Discus macclintocki). This is a relict from the last ice age, some 400,000 years ago. It lives in cold air vents on 37 different hillsides in Iowa (and one in Illinois) and survives only in the cold air that blows past underground ice and out of the cracks in limestone cliffs.

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The federally endangered Iowa Pleistocene Snail (Discus macclintocki). This is a relict from the last ice age, some 400,000 years ago. It lives in cold air vents on 37 different hillsides in Iowa (and one in Illinois) and survives only in the cold air that blows past underground ice and out of the cracks in limestone cliffs.

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The federally endangered Iowa Pleistocene Snail (Discus macclintocki). This is a relict from the last ice age, some 400,000 years ago. It lives in cold air vents on 37 different hillsides in Iowa (and one in Illinois) and survives only in the cold air that blows past underground ice and out of the cracks in limestone cliffs.

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The federally endangered Iowa Pleistocene Snail (Discus macclintocki). This is a relict from the last ice age, some 400,000 years ago. It lives in cold air vents on 37 different hillsides in Iowa (and one in Illinois) and survives only in the cold air that blows past underground ice and out of the cracks in limestone cliffs.

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The federally endangered Iowa Pleistocene Snail (Discus macclintocki). This is a relict from the last ice age, some 400,000 years ago. It lives in cold air vents on 37 different hillsides in Iowa (and one in Illinois) and survives only in the cold air that blows past underground ice and out of the cracks in limestone cliffs.

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The federally endangered Iowa Pleistocene Snail (Discus macclintocki). This is a relict from the last ice age, some 400,000 years ago. It lives in cold air vents on 37 different hillsides in Iowa (and one in Illinois) and survives only in the cold air that blows past underground ice and out of the cracks in limestone cliffs.

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Joel on assignment photographing the federally endangered Iowa Pleistocene snail (Discus macclintocki).

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Joel on assignment photographing the federally endangered Iowa Pleistocene snail (Discus macclintocki).

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A biologist studying the federally endangered Iowa Pleistocene snail (Discus macclintocki).

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Joel on assignment photographing the federally endangered Iowa Pleistocene snail (Discus macclintocki).

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Joel on assignment photographing the federally endangered Iowa Pleistocene snail (Discus macclintocki).

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This tiny snail darter (Percina tanasi) stalled the construction of Tellico dam on the Little Tennessee river. Though the dam was built, the Endangered Species Act was henceforth seen in many quarters as an enemy of progress.

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A snail in the cloud forest reserve of Reserva Las Gralarias, near Mindo, Ecuador.

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Wrinkled marshsnail (Stagnicola caperata) at the Bitter Lake National Wildlife Refuge. The species is listed as endangered at the state level, but not federally.

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Wrinkled marshsnail (Stagnicola caperata) at the Bitter Lake National Wildlife Refuge. The species is listed as endangered at the state level, but not federally.

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Wrinkled marshsnail (Stagnicola caperata) at the Bitter Lake National Wildlife Refuge. The species is listed as endangered at the state level, but not federally.

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Wrinkled marshsnail (Stagnicola caperata) at the Bitter Lake National Wildlife Refuge. The species is listed as endangered at the state level, but not federally.

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Federally endangered Iowa Pleistocene snail (Discus macclintocki). This is a relict from the last ice age, some 400,000 years ago. It lives in cold air vents on 37 different hillsides in Iowa (and one in Illinois) and survives only in the cold air that blows past underground ice and out of the cracks in limestone algific talus slopes.

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The Iowa Pleistocene snail (Discus macclintocki). This is a relict from the last ice age, some 400,000 years ago. It lives in cold air vents on 37 different hillsides in Iowa (and one in Illinois) and survives only in the cold air that blows past underground ice and out of the cracks in limestone algific talus slopes. (US: Endangered; IUCN: Least Concern)

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Amber snail (most likely the oval ambersnail, Succinea ovalis) Two Rivers State Recreation Area.

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