Poachers and habitat loss are endangering these N.J. snakes. This professor works to keep the reptiles safe.

Corn snake

AVALON ZOPPO / NJ.COM – Deep in the Pine Barrens, poachers can wander for hours at a time.

Their eyes scan the forest floor for dull orange, camouflaged corn snakes, a state-endangered reptile long threatened by a combination of encroaching development and collectors who sell the animals for about $300 each on the wildlife trade, says Dr. Howard Reinert, a professor at The College of New Jersey …

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