According to the United States Fish and Wildlife Service, over 1,500 plants and animals in this country are currently under the strict protection of the Endangered Species Act. The F-W-S is currently assessing the status of five Midwestern amphibians and reptiles to see if populations of these five species of animals have declined to the point where they need to be added to the Endangered Species List. A couple of these animals can be found in southern Illinois.
F-W-S Public Information Officer Georgia Parham says that the public is invited to give their input through August 31st, 2015 by going to the following website:http://www.fws.gov/midwest/endangered/
In this interview, Georgia talks about the Illinois Chorus Frog, which is reported to live in Mason, Tazewell, and Cass counties in west-central Illinois, and the Alligator Snapping Turtle, which can live to be 100 years old.