PUT-IN-BAY, Ohio (AP) - Researchers are tracking a local endangered species of snake in an effort to boost its numbers.
The Lake Erie water snake is a nonpoisonous gray snake found only on western Lake Erie's islands and the Catawba-Marblehead shoreline.
Researchers have inserted radio transmitters into the snakes to track their movements.
Project adviser Richard King is an associate professor at Northern Illinois University. He says learning about the snakes' daily activities will help scientists figure out a way to protect the species.
The snake is listed by the state as endangered and is considered threatened nationally.
King says the latest data shows about 5,000 snakes on Ohio's islands. That's up from previous years.