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. Research led by the Zoological Society of London found that the future of 19% of the world's reptiles are threatened.
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