ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – A rare snake found in New Mexico has been added to the threatened species list.
The narrow-headed garter snake is dwindling in number because of the loss of habitat.
Environmentalists have been pushing for the snake to be listed for more than a decade.
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service said the narrow headed garter has only been spotted a handful of times in New Mexico and Arizona.
With the new classification, protective measures will be taken to preserve the reptiles’ habitat.