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What are Endangered Species of Reptiles and Amphibians



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An "endangered species" is an animal which has been drove to the brink of extinction due to their habitats being destroyed by humans or has been hunted until their numbers have been depleted to little to none making the surviving species very elusive and very rare. Another common reason for species becoming endangered is the introduction of foreign animals into a country. This can be both by the irresponsibility of humans or the changes in the weather due to global warming and the heating of the planet meaning certain species have to migrate to warmer or cooler environments, occasionally traveling to other countries. This means that to survive, they will destroy the habitats of home species in order to survive themselves; endangering the habitats, depleting the meal sources and pushing certain species to the brink of extinction in the process.

Unfortunately; reptiles and amphibians often fall into this category. Species such as the Bullfrog were introduced accidentally into Australia many years ago. The unfortunate thing for the Australian Outback is that the Bullfrog will not only eat anything; they are also highly venomous. When home species such as snakes and lizards among several species of birds devour these bullfrogs, they will undoubtedly die. This is not the only hazard the bullfrog has caused; they also eat through plant environments. They can literally cut through a reptile habitat in a matter of hours, forcing the population to scatter and become prey to carnivores and attempt to find a new habitat. This often proves fatal and this is one of the many cases of destruction the bullfrog has caused since its introduction into the Australian wildlife.

Many wildlife enthusiasts and conversationalists such as the late Steve Irwin and Joe and Rob Bredl often host Bullfrog hunts in which they travel the land and keep the population of bullfrogs under control. This helps both the Australian environment and the habitats of the soon-to-be endangered species of reptile, but it also becomes profitable. When frozen and processed, bullfrogs become a very healthy fertilizer which enhances and enriches the outback land that they have killed and cut through.

Another example of species becoming endangered is the common honey bee; they are both a credit to the environment and habitats of many species of reptile by serving as a food source themselves and also for the honey they produce. However; many years back, the Africanized, or Killer bee as they are more commonly known, were accidentally released into the wild. They began to breed and soon a super-powered hybrid bee was produced. Similar in size and stature to their honey bee cousins, the only difference is their rabid and psychotic protective nature. Never get too close, and in the event that you come into contact, do NOT swat it, simply move away. When they are swatted, they release a pheromone scent which calls for the rest of the family to come and attack. Several of these stings can kill you.

The population of honey bee is rapidly depleting all across America due to the Africanized be coming in and taking over. They feed on honey bee larvae and drive their populations from high colonies of thousands to the simple remains of a carcass. It is a serious problem which was one again caused by humans. This affects several specie of reptile in the commonly affected area; the reptiles that once hunted the honey bee are not able to tell the difference between a basic docile and easy-prey honey bee and their rabid and evil Africanized cousins because simply, there is hardly any difference. In the event that a reptile penetrates the grounds of a killer bee realm, they have no chance. They will be stung and envenomed and die shortly after; if they live, they are likely to be too injured to hunt another colony; they will then die of malnutrition. Unfortunately, reptiles are not the only species suffering from this, with global warming running rampant, it is becoming a common sight and quickly becoming a potential global issue.

Several small reptiles and amphibians are already considered extinct or very elusive due to their habitats being destroyed. It is a serious problem that can be dealt with only by humans; but as specie of our own, the only thing we ever consider is the dollar bull going in our pocket. That said; are we able to do anything at all to help the hundreds upon hundreds of endangered specie of reptile across the globe?

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