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NEW MEXICO STATE AND FEDERALLY PROTECTED SPECIES


New Mexico has 22 taxa which include 7 species of amphibians, 8 species of snakes, 6 species of lizards and 1 species of turtles that are listed as either endangered or threatened species and protected by state and/or federal law. "Endangered species" are those species which the New Mexico Department of Game and Fish has determined to be threatend with statewide extinction. "Threatened species" are those species which the New Mexico Department of Game and Fish has determined are likely to become endangered in the future.

New Mexico Department of Game and Fish regulations prohibit the taking, possession, transportation, or sale of any species designated as endangered or threatened without the issuance of a scientific collecting permit. New Mexico residents are not required to possess a New Mexico hunting license to collect non-protected species for non-commerical purposes. However, non-residents are required to obtain both a non-resident hunting license and a commerical collecting permit for collecting any species, regardless of its protected status. Click here for NM Administrative Code Title 19, Chapter 35, Part 10. Those species that are listed as either threatened or endangered under the federal endangered species regulations and are provided protection by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

The species listed below are those that are protected under these laws:


AMPHIBIANS

Jemez Mountains Salamander (Plethodon neomexicanus)  -  State Endangered

Sacramento Mountains Salamander (Aneides hardii)  -  State Threatened

Colorado River Toad (=Sonoran Desert Toad)  (Bufo alvarius)  -  State Threatened

Boreal (Western) Toad (Bufo boreas boreas)  -  State Endangered, Federal Status Pending

Great Plains Narrow-mouthed (Gastrophryne olivacea)  -  State Endangered

Chiricahua Leopard Frog (Rana chiricahuensis)  -  Federal Threatened

Lowland Leopard Frog (Rana yavapaiensis)  -  State Endangered

SNAKES

Gray-banded Kingsnake (Lampropeltis alterna)  -  State Endangered

Plain-bellied Watersnake (Nerodia erythrogaster)  -  State Endangered

Green Ratsnake (Senticolis triaspis)  -  State Threatened

Mexican Gartersnake (Thamnophis eques)  -  State Endangered

Western Ribbonsnake (Thamnophis proximus)  -  State Threatened

Narrow-headed Gartersnake (Thamnophis rufipunctatus)  -  State Threatened

Mottled Rock Rattlesnake (Crotalus lepidus lepidus)  -  State Threatened

New Mexico Ridge-nosed Rattlesnake (Crotalus willardi obscurus)  -  State Endangered, Federal Threatened

LIZARDS

Sand Dune Lizard (=Dunes Sagebrush Lizard)  (Sceloporus arenicolus)  -  State Endangered, Federal Status Pending

Slevin's Bunchgrass Lizard (Sceloporus slevini)  (=Sceloporus scalaris slevini) -  State Threatened

Canyon Spotted Whiptail (Cnemidophorus burti)  (=Aspidoscelis burti) -  State Threatened

Gray Checkered Whiptail (Cnemidophorus dixoni)  (=Aspidoscelis dixoni) -  State Endangered

Mountain Skink (Eumeces callicephalus)  (=Eumeces Tetragrammus) -  State Threatened

Gila Monster (Heloderma suspectum)  -  State Endangered

TURTLES

Western River Cooter (=Rio Grande Cooter)  (Pseudemys gorzugi)  -  State Threatened




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