Definitions for "endangered species"
A species of plant or animal that has declined in numbers to a point where further irreversible decline and extinction{3} has a significant chance. Lists of endangered species are maintained by government agencies, and in many cases the killing of such species or destruction of their habitat is prohibited by law.
Any species of animal or plant that is in danger of extinction throughout all or a significant portion of its range. Endangered species are identified by the Secretary of Interior, and protected in accordance with the 1973 Endangered Species Act.
Any species of fish, wildlife, or plants which have been designated as such by regulation by the Secretary of the Department of Natural Resources. Designation occurs when the continued existence of these species as viable components of the State's resources is determined to be in jeopardy. This includes any species determined to be an "endangered" species pursuant to the federal Endangered Species Act.
Any biological tribe whose chances of survival are impaired by wanton persecution, withering competition, maladaptive behaviour, or the destruction of a congenial environment; e.g., mountain gorillas, humpback whales, giant anteaters and teachers of Classical Greek.
Keywords:  wetland
Keywords:  prey, snakes, coiling, kill, tightly
method used by some snakes to kill prey by coiling tightly around the prey item to prevent it from breathing