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One in Five Reptiles Threatened With Extinction, Says Study

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March 20, 2013
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A landmark study has concluded that almost one in five reptile species are threatened with extinction. The more than 200 world experts involved in the study say loss of habitat is the driving force behind the plummeting reptile populations but that overcoming the problem should not be beyond mankind.


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