BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KGET) — A rare species of lizard indigenous to Kern and Fresno counties is one step closer for protection under the Endangered Species Act.

The action comes in response to a petition and lawsuit filed from the Center for Biological Diversity.

The Center says the Temblor Legless Lizard faces major threats due to oil drilling in Kern County. It’s an unusual so-called sand-swimming reptile found near the Temblor mountain range in the southwestern San Joaquin Valley

Now the Fish and Game Commission will decide whether to grant the lizard protected status in June.