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DOI/FWS RIN: 1018-BG00 Publication ID: Fall 2021 
Title: Endangered and Threatened Wildlife and Plants; Threatened Species Status With Section 4(d) Rule for Alligator Snapping Turtle 

This final rule would make a determination on our proposal to list the alligator snapping turtle (Macrochelys temminckii), North America’s largest freshwater turtle species, as a threatened species under the Endangered Species Act of 1973, as amended (Act), with a rule issued under section 4(d) of the Act. If we finalize this rule as proposed, it will add the species to the List of Endangered and Threatened Wildlife and extend the Act’s protections to the species.

Agency: Department of the Interior(DOI)  Priority: Substantive, Nonsignificant 
RIN Status: Previously published in the Unified Agenda Agenda Stage of Rulemaking: Proposed Rule Stage 
Major: No  Unfunded Mandates: No 
CFR Citation: 50 CFR 17   
Legal Authority: 16 U.S.C. 1531 et seq.   
Legal Deadline:
Action Source Description Date
NPRM  Judicial    10/31/2021 
Action Date FR Cite
NPRM  11/09/2021  86 FR 62434   
Public Hearing  12/07/2021 
NPRM Comment Period End  01/10/2022 
Final Action  11/00/2022 
Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No  Government Levels Affected: Federal, State 
Federalism: No 
Included in the Regulatory Plan: No 
RIN Data Printed in the FR: No 
Agency Contact:
Caitlin Snyder
Branch of Domestic Listing, Ecological Services Program
Department of the Interior
United States Fish and Wildlife Service
5275 Leesburg Pike, MS: ES,
Falls Church, VA 22041-3803
Phone:703 358-2673
Fax:703 358-1800