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Nancy’s Blankets Helps Preserve 21 Ohio Endangered Species

Destruction of habitat is an obvious culprit in the threat to endangered species. But did you know that preservation of habitat can be almost as dangerous?

You may not think of it as “preserving habitat” when you use an erosion control blanket on your farm, but preserving your agricultural land is also part of preserving the local ecosystem. Erosion disturbs the soil obviously, but that soil also pollutes waterways, killing plants and animals.

So back to the question in the lede: How can preservation also lead to harm for endangered species?

Interestingly, a significant number of the endangered and threatened species in our home state of Ohio aren’t mammals, birds, or other “cute” animals. They’re reptiles, including a disproportionate number of snake species. You’ve already heard us harp on the importance of snakes to the agricultural community in general: The average Ohio snake consumers 20 rodents a year… the rodents that would otherwise be eating your crops.

Most farmers appreciate this concept, and—even if they personally don’t like snakes—don’t mind having them around. However, not enough of us are proactively doing our part to preserve these snake species.

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Pollution and habitat destruction get most of the blame when you watch the news for causing species to become endangered. Erosion control blankets are actually a major cause for declines in snake populations, however, both endangered and otherwise. Snakes (as well as other ground-dwelling critters) become entangled in the mesh from these nets, and cannot escape.

Nancy’s Blankets exclusively uses softer, more elastic mesh, which prevents these animals from becoming entangled in them. That’s why we can confidently advertise them as “Kritter Kind.” We love that “feel-good” aspect of our products, but the cherry on top is that Nancy’s Erosion Control Blankets perform just as effectively at preventing erosion and germinating seed for grass waterways as any competitor.

There are more than 21 species of reptiles—including 15 species of snakes—on Ohio’s list of endangered and threatened species, and all of them are susceptible to entanglement in erosion control blankets. You can review the full list of species below, and you can learn more about Nancy’s Kritter Kind technology here.

  • Black Kingsnake
  • Blanding’s Turtle
  • Copperbelly Watersnake
  • Eastern Fox Snake
  • Eastern Garter Snake
  • Eastern Hognose Snake
  • Eastern Massasauga
  • Kirtland’s Snake
  • Lake Erie Watersnake
  • Little Brown Skink
  • Northern Rough Green Snake
  • Ouachita Map Turtle
  • Plains Garter Snake
  • Queensnake
  • Short-Headed Gartersnake
  • Smooth Earthsnake
  • Smooth Green Snake
  • Spotted Turtle
  • Timber Rattlesnake
  • Wood Turtle
  • Woodland Box Turtle
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