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The Nature Conservancy releases 26 eastern indigo snakes at Apalachicola Bluffs and Ravines Preserve

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BRISTOL, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) – More snakes are slithering within the wild after The Nature Conservancy launched the native, nonvenomous animals.

Officials with the conservancy say they launched 26 eastern indigo snakes at Apalachicola Bluffs and Ravines Preserve in Bristol Tuesday. They say the snakes are listed as threatened underneath the Endangered Species Act. They say they hope releasing the younger snakes will assist develop the inhabitants and assist the species get better.

The eastern indigo snake is the longest snake native to North America. Officials say this snake balances wildlife communities by consuming small animals together with venomous and nonvenomous snakes.

This species restoration effort is a long-term dedication of a number of teams together with The Nature Conservancy, the Central Florida Zoo & Botanical Gardens’ Orianne Center for Indigo Conservation, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Welaka National Fish Hatchery, The Orianne Society, Joseph W. Jones Ecological Research Center, Southern (*26*) by means of the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, and the Fish & Wildlife Foundation of Florida.

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