Extinction threat

Print edition : April 05, 2013

A six-centimetre-long 'Ctenotus ora', or the coastal plains skink. Scientists announced on October 29, 2012, the discovery of the new species of lizard 'Ctenotus ora', fighting to survive among the sand dunes outside Perth in Western Australia. Photo: BRAD MARYAN/AFP/AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL UNIVERSITY

Elegant gigotea, also known as Florida tortoises or red-eared turtles, are seen in a pound at the Museum of Archaeology in Mexico City in August 2010. It is a semi-aquatic turtle subspecies belonging to the family Emydidae. Photo: LUIS ACOSTA/AFP

One in every five reptiles is threatened with extinction, and freshwater turtles are at particularly high risk.
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