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Smooth and green--going, going, or just overlooked?

By Richard Bartlett
Thu, August 21 2014 at 05:50

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Chad Mannlein - #1 - 2014-08-21 23:25 - (Reply)

I would suspect that the beautiful little smooth green is quickly disappearing. It is the only reptile native to Michigan that I have never encountered despite numerous accounts of how common they were. The primary reason that I believe this species is disappearing is due the drastic decline in insect populations due to neonicotinoids and other pesticides and/or poisoning via exposure to these chemicals as well as habitat loss. In fact, I just commented to my wife tonight how weird it was that there were not any crickets chirping on this warm August evening. We have yet to hear any crickets in our neighborhood this summer.

In the broader picture they may be emblematic of the larger crash in biodiversity. Virtually every species in the world is in decline due to habitat loss, pollution, overharvesting, etc.


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