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22 threatened eastern indigo snakes released in Florida

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Posted at 11:49 AM, May 09, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-09 11:49:16-04

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Wildlife officials say another 22 threatened eastern indigo snakes have been released in northern Florida.

The Nature Conservancy says the reptiles were set loose Friday at the group’s Apalachicola Bluffs and Ravines Preserve west of Tallahassee.

It’s the fourth year in a 10-year effort to return the native, nonvenomous apex predator to the region. Similar releases were conducted the past three years.

The snakes released this years were bred and hatched in 2018 by the Central Florida Zoo’s Orianne Center for Indigo Conservation.

The eastern indigo snake is the longest snake native to North America, growing to over 8 feet long.