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Six Rare Snakes Released in Lake County Forests



    Scientists have released six rare smooth green snakes into a Lake County forest with hopes of boosting their population.

    The Lake County Forest Preserve District says the small, colorful snakes were released Thursday as part of a partnership with the Lincoln Park Zoo. Experts say the snakes' numbers are declining because of habitat loss and pesticide use.

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    Lincoln Park Zoo Biologists say the snake is found only in a handful of isolated Lake County areas that remain as grasslands. The zoo and forest preserves partnered last year to help the snakes recover their numbers.

    Scientists caught a few adult snakes and found a nest of more than 80 snake eggs last summer and brought them to the zoo for breeding. Biologists hope to release a dozen more zoo-raised snakes over the summer.