MADISON, Wis. - A small garter snake that has held up construction in Wisconsin is expected to come off the state's list of protected species to the delight of developers.
The non-poisonous Butler's garter snake is among 16 creatures and plants the Department of Natural Resources is recommending for removal from the list of endangered or threatened species. DNR zoologist Bill Smith said there are enough Butler's garter snakes to warrant removal from the list.
Several years ago, the state was pressured by the Metropolitan Builders Association to remove the snake from the list because it was holding up construction projects for months or even years.
Not everyone agrees with its removal. Herpetologist Gary Casper of West Bend told The Capital Times the DNR is miscalculating how well the snake is doing.
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