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One-fifth of all reptile species are at risk of extinction

Published 1:59 PM ET, Wed April 27, 2022
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The endangered mountain horned agama (Ceratophora stoddartii) is endemic to Sri Lanka. Johannes Els/National Science Foundation
A critically endangered ploughshare tortoise (Astrochelys yniphora) is shown in the wild at Baly Bay Nature Preserve in Madagascar. Anders G.J. Rhodin, Chelonian Research Foundation/National Science Foundation
A critically endangered gharial, or fish-eating crocodile (Gavialis gangeticus), is shown in India. Johannes Els/National Science Foundation
The king cobra (Ophiophagus hannah) is listed as vulnerable on the IUCN Red List. King cobras are distinguishable from other cobras by their size and neck patterns. Mark Auliya/National Science Foundation
A mugger crocodile (Crocodylus palustris) is shown in India. The species is listed as vulnerable on the IUCN Red List. Johannes Els/National Science Foundation
A critically endangered Jamaican iguana (Cyclura collei) is shown in the Hellshire Hills on the southern coast of Jamaica. Joey Markx/International Iguana Foundation/National Science Foundation
Jamaican iguana hatchlings are collected when they emerge from their nests as part of conservation recovery efforts to protect them from invasive predator species. Stesha A. Pasachnik/National Science Foundation
A striped bronzeback snake (Dendrelaphis caudolineatus) is a vulnerable species endemic to Sri Lanka. Johannes Els/National Science Foundation
The endangered Komodo dragon (Varanus komodoensis) lives in the Indonesian islands of Komodo, Rinca, Flores, and Gili Motang. Johannes Els/National Science Foundation