Target: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Director Daniel Ashe
Goal: Protect spot-tailed earless lizard by listing it under the Endangered Species Act
The spot-tailed earless lizard is a very unique species. While its range previously went from Oklahoma all the way down to Mexico, the majority of its remaining population can only be found in Texas. While invasive insect species contribute to the lizard’s decline, agricultural development in the area is mostly responsible for its decreasing population.
This unusual lizard gets its name from the unique spots found underneath its tail. While it is named “earless,” the lizard actually has ears with no exterior opening. This protects the lizard when it burrows in the ground.
The invasive fire ant has threatened the spot-tailed earless lizard along with many other species in the area. However, humans pose a bigger threat. With agricultural development, the species in the area are often exposed to harmful pesticides and herbicides. Some of these chemicals are known to decrease the energy and locomotion of lizards while others disrupt endocrine functions. Regardless, these chemicals leave the spot-tailed earless lizard vulnerable to attack or disease, decreasing its chance of survival.
By now, many understand the destructive qualities of pesticides. However, these chemicals are effecting more than just the human population. Protection under the Endangered Species Act is necessary to shield these lizards from any more harm. Please help save the spot-tailed earless lizard by signing this petition. You can help ensure the survival of this distinctive lizard by demanding that it receive federal protections.
Dear Director Ashe,
Many species are negatively affected by the use of pesticides. The spot-tailed earless lizard is among these. When pesticides and herbicides are used in the lizard’s habitat, it can affect their motor skills and endocrine functions, making them vulnerable to disease or attack.
The spot-tailed earless lizard is a unique species of lizard. The lizard’s range was previously known to reach from Oklahoma to Mexico. However, now the majority of the population can be found only in Texas.
The spot-tailed earless lizard has faced many threats over the years. Its population has declined to a critical point and now needs protection. Please take action to help the spot-tailed earless lizard by listing it under the Endangered Species Act. This special lizard needs protection and action must be taken to help ensure its survival.
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