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Action timeline

April 20, 2010 – The Center filed its petition to list 404 aquatic species from the southeastern United States, including the Florida Keys mole skink, under the Endangered Species Act.

September 27, 2011 – The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service issued positive 90-day findings, as required by the Act, for 374 of the 404 petitioned aquatic species, including Florida Keys mole skinks.

May 22, 2012 – The Center sent a notice of intent to sue the Service for its failure to issue 12-month findings for 25 species of southeastern amphibians and reptiles, including the Florida Keys mole skink.

February 20, 2013 – The Center sent a notice of intent to sue the Service for failing to make a timely decision on whether the Florida Keys mole skink and MacGillivray’s seaside sparrow warranted Endangered Species Act protections.

June 27, 2013 – The Center filed a lawsuit against the Service for failing to protect four Florida species, including the Florida Keys mole skink, under the Endangered Species Act.

September 23, 2013 – The Center reached a legal agreement requiring the Fish and Wildlife Service to make a decision on Endangered Species Act protection for the mole skink by 2017.

Florida Keys mole skink photo © Jake Scott