IUCN: "More than 1/5 of the world’s reptiles are threatened with extinction"



by LORENZO CIOTTI

IUCN: "More than 1/5 of the world’s reptiles are threatened with extinction"

A study from the Monash University of Melbourne tells us that at least one in five reptile species are threatened with extinction and are these species on the IUCN red list. Researchers examined the conservation needs of 10,196 reptile species, including turtles, crocodiles, lizards and snakes.

Published in Nature, the study analyzes that 30% of reptiles living in forests are at risk of extinction due to logging, agriculture, urban development and invasive species, compared to 14% of reptiles in arid environments.

Research also indicates that climate change also impacts the number ratio of many reptile species. On Twitter IUCN wrote: "More than one in five of the world’s reptiles are threatened with extinction, according to the Global Reptile Assessment published on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Specie."

IUCN: "More than 1/5 of the world’s reptiles are at risk"

Neil Cox, Manager of the IUCN-Conservation International Biodiversity Assessment Unit, said: "Habitat protection remains essential to prevent the extinction of reptiles and many other animals.

If we were to lose them, we would lose billions of years of evolutionary history." According to the researchers, the areas that contain the most endangered species are Southeast Asia, West Africa, Northern Madagascar, the Northern Andes and the Caribbean.

Among the most threatened reptiles in forest areas is the king cobra. In detail, at least 1,829 out of 10,196 species scattered in 24 different countries are endangered, classified as vulnerable, endangered or critically endangered, according to the IUCN estimates.

Turtles and crocodiles are respectively 57.9% and 50.0% of the endangered species. The fight against the climate crisis and the lost of habitats, could be at the centre of the programs of all Country who are involved and should protect this amazing species.

IUCN red list is every more and more full of new species which are thretened by human activities and conseguences of thes activities. To protect all the species should be a mission for all.