5 Michigan reptiles, amphibians get 'special concern' designation

LANSING, MICH. - Five reptiles and amphibians have been added to a list of "animals of special concern" in Michigan.

It's illegal to kill or trap those animals or remove them from the wild.

The Michigan Natural Resources Commission agreed last week to place the mudpuppy, Fowler's toad, pickerel frog, Butler's garter snake and smooth green snake on the list.

The commission also approved several changes to state fishing regulations dealing with commercial bait and bow and spear fishing.

One of the revisions sets rules for taking minnows, wigglers and crayfish for commercial purposes and lists waters closed to personal taking of minnows.

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