Climate change may lead to population declines of crocodiles
In a recent study, it was found that saltwater crocodiles are unable to respond to adverse natural conditions and “postpone” the mating season at a more appropriate time.
The results of studies conducted on embryos of marine crocodiles, have shown that they can not fall into hibernation, as, for example, the embryos of turtles. This means that they are not adapted to long-term adverse climatic conditions, and is likely to die if they occur.
According to forecasts, in certain areas of Australia, which are the natural habitat for saltwater crocodiles, will soon begin to increase (or alternatively decrease) the amount of rainfall that can lead to a vast reduction of population of great reptiles. In a far-reaching term, it could cause the extinction of a whole species.
Saltwater crocodile is the largest living reptiles. He is the main predator in the ecosystem, and, as a consequence, its Central link. Marine crocodiles is partially based agricultural and tourist activities in Australia.