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World's reptiles facing extinction


Posted on Sunday, 17 February, 2013 | Comment icon 22 comments | News tip by: xsas


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As many as 19% of the reptile species alive today are on the brink of going extinct, say scientists.

The Zoological Society of London conducted the study which also suggested that 47% of reptile species are vulnerable. The research paints a dire picture of the future for cold-blooded creatures around the world which include snakes, lizards, turtles and crocodiles. Some species of reptile have remained almost unchanged for millions of years, yet changing environmental conditions and ever-increasing human populations are driving many of them to the brink of extinction.

"Reptiles are often associated with extreme habitats and tough environmental conditions, so it is easy to assume that they will be fine in our changing world," said study author Dr Monika Bohm. "However, many species are very highly specialised in terms of habitat use and the climatic conditions they require for day to day functioning. This makes them particularly sensitive to environmental changes."

"Almost a fifth of the world's reptile species are at risk of extinction, according to scientists."

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Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #13 Posted by King Cobra 1408 on 18 February, 2013, 0:25
@ shrooma what do you mean a stark?lol
Comment icon #14 Posted by Seeker79 on 18 February, 2013, 2:09
Plenty of little bluebellies around hear. They managed to survive the comet that destroyed the Dino's, I imagine they will survive us. I'm not sure about us surviving us though
Comment icon #15 Posted by Professor T on 18 February, 2013, 7:02
Bet you David Icke is rubbing his hands together in glee.
Comment icon #16 Posted by King Fluffs on 18 February, 2013, 9:22
No... we cannot lose the crocodiles! There would then be no creature I could fantasise about killing with my bare damn hands.
Comment icon #17 Posted by nothinglizx2 on 18 February, 2013, 16:52
I wonder if that includes Reptillians. Shapeshifting Dinosaurs? Ewww, Like totally grose me out!
Comment icon #18 Posted by shrooma on 18 February, 2013, 23:26
_ stark means 'completely' 'utterly', but the phrase I used is a rewording of the phrase 'stark raving lunatic'
Comment icon #19 Posted by pitchp on 19 February, 2013, 1:52
extinction is a very common process for this world. Since time began for this universe. The very first process of extinction began a very long time ago, before the dinosaurs. There were creatures living in this earth that consumed most of the abundant methane that this world had available. These creatures converted the methane into oxygen. Which we currently have an abundant of thanks to them. Once they used up most of the methane that this world had. They run out of food and they died. They were one of the very first creatures that became extinct. To cut a long story short. The dinosaurs were... [More]
Comment icon #20 Posted by Sundew on 20 February, 2013, 2:37
Ah, reminds me of an old Sopwith Camel song: "Should take a long walk out through the desert living in the rocks like a blue bellied lizard not come back until I'm dry and weathered then come back as a dancing wizard." Dancin' Wizard from The Miraculous Hump Returns from the Moon
Comment icon #21 Posted by Mikami on 25 February, 2013, 16:44
My friend Devin's a giant reptile.. the only one left of his kind..
Comment icon #22 Posted by King Cobra 1408 on 25 February, 2013, 19:35
I blame humanity for this not all of humanity but some of part of humanity like those tree cutters,natural habitat destroyers and etc people.lets destroy natural habits and etc so we could build shopping malls and or cars that help pollute the planet more.well I hope you people are happy because one day nature will attack back and the planet will cleanse herself from these leaches and parasites lol I side With nature and the planet and the other % of humanity that actually cares about the planet and mother nature!!!


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