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With gobies on the menu, snake species rebounds

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Masters student Jenny Smith holds a male gobie at the University of Windsor Biology Building on Tuesday, March 20, 2012. The university is conducting research into scent male gobies use to attract females. The researchers are hoping to recreate the scent allowing them to trap the females.

Gobies, a despised invasive fish, are helping the endangered Lake Erie water snake make a comeback - by being dinner.

"I think it's kind of ironic," Ronald Brooks, of the Committee on the Status of Endangered Wildlife in Canada, said Wednesday.

"Invasive species are considered to be a major threat to native species diversity but in this case it worked the opposite way."

Last year the snake, which is found only on a bunch of Lake Erie islands, including Pelee Island, and in Ohio, was removed from the U.S. endangered species list. It had been listed as threatened.

In Canada, COSEWIC reviews the status of species every 10 years and the last look at the endangered snake was in 2006.  more...



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