On July 11, 2012, the Center for Biological Diversity filed with the Department of the Interior/FWS a “Petition to List 53 Amphibians and Reptiles in the United States as Threatened or Endangered species Under the Endangered Species Act,” available online at http://www.biologicaldiversity.org/campaigns/amphibian_conservation/pdfs/Mega_herp_petition_7-9-2012.pdf  . The Petition claims that pesticides are among the reasons why many amphibians and reptiles are endangered or threatened . CBD’s website at http://www.biologicaldiversity.org/campaigns/amphibian_conservation/index.html, states that

The Center outdid ourselves in protecting these amazing creatures on July 11, 2012, when we made the biggest-ever move to protect amphibians and reptiles in the United States, filing a mega-petition requesting Endangered Species Action protection for 53 amphibians and reptiles in 45 states. The petition, filed with E.O. Wilson, Thomas Lovejoy and others, asks the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to protect six turtles, seven snakes, two toads, four frogs, 10 lizards and 24 salamanders under the Act.