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Saving the copperbelly water snake

Feb. 23, 2023
A person holding a female copperbelly showing the contrast of the bright orange underside with the snake's black back.

School of Environment and Natural Resources graduate student Ryan Wagner is the author of a new photo essay in a Guardian series - The age of extinction focused on biodiversity. Learn about the copperbelly water snake and how biologists and others are working to save the water snake in the Guardian.

About the author:
Ryan Wagner is a master's student in the School of Environment and Natural Resources. He studies the conservation and ecology of Ohio's second largest salamander, the common mudpuppy. Ryan is an avid wildlife photographer and writer. His image of a gartersnake was featured on the 2018 Ohio Wildlife Legacy Stamp. You can see more of his work on his website or his Instagram page @ryanbwagner. 

Photos shared with permission of Ryan Wagner.