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03/14/2013 11:31 am ET Updated Mar 14, 2013

Florida's Imperiled Species: FWC Proposes Wildlife Protection Plans For 60 Animals (PHOTOS)

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission wants to hear the public's opinion on how the state's species should be protected.

Through April 13, the public is invited to read and comment on proposed plans to save local imperiled species such as pelicans, treefrogs, chipmunks, and even the University of Miami mascot, the white ibis.

The most eye-catching creature among the 60 listed is the alligator snapping turtle, a ferocious looking reptile that can get as big as 165 pounds and has a menacing hooked beak. It lives in the rivers of the state's panhandle, FWC officials reports.

The snapping turtle is considered a "species of concern" as its numbers have dwindled due to fishing injury, dredging, and pollution.

Click below for some of the other species of concern and visit FWC to read and comment on the proposed plans to save them.

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Florida's 'Species Of Concern'

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