Amphibian means “double life” referring to the fact that most adult amphibians live on land while embryos need water to survive. Some amphibians have been around since the Jurassic age; however the numbers of these long alive animals are declining around the world (Amphibia). As of 2010, 32% of the world’s 6600 amphibian species were threatened with extinction (Hayes, Falso, Gallipeau, Stice 2010). There is no single cause of the amphibian decline, but it seems that habitat loss, like deforestation, is the main reason along with human impact in terms of urbanization, forest fragmentation, predation, human exploitation, pathogens and climate change (Hayes, Falso, Gallipeau, Stice 2010). The climate is decreasing amphibians because of the increase of temperature, less rainfall, higher UV radiation levels and increases in pesticides.
After the hurricane hit the warehouse, the pythons slithered their way to the Everglades where a variety of food could be obtained and where hiding places could ... ... middle of paper ... ... different states participate in this challenge. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation has sponsored these events to educate the public of this scarce problem. This is also a great way to help reduce the large number of slithering beasts in the Everglades. Another company by the name of U.S. Fish and Wildlife service has banned shipments of pythons to the U.S. because of this growing issue.
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The American Crocodile (Crocodylus acutus) Crocodylus acutus, or more commonly referred to as the American crocodile, is the second most widely distributed of the New World crocodiles, ranging from the southern tip of Florida, both the Atlantic and Pacific Coasts of Southern Mexico, as well as the Caribbean islands of Cuba, Jamaica, and Hispaniola¡¨ (1 Species). These areas provide the perfect climate for these endangered species that have roamed the earth for over 200 million years. Florida is known for its large population of American alligators, which are often confused for the rare American crocodile. However, there are vast differences between the two species. Hunted for their hides and the changing of their habitat to beach front property is slowly pushing the American crocodile out of Florida, the only place it is found in the United States.
Amazon: This is one of the most famous tropical rainforest in the world. Currently, it is the largest tropical rainforest in the world. The forest covers the basin of amazon, the world’s second longest river. The Amazon is home to many animals and even some of the plants greats. This rainforest has a great variety of plants and animals.
Humans play a very large role in the premature extinction of species. As indicated in my post from January 31, 2012, we destroy habitats like rain forests and wet lands to further our living space and commerce. This in return leads to the e... ... middle of paper ... ...January 28, 2012 from http://www.blueplanetbiomes.org/rainforest.htm http://medical-dictionary.thefreedictionary.com/genetically+modified+organism Jungle diary. (2012). Retrieved January 28, 2012 from http://www.junglediary.com/definition-of-a-rainforest/ Butler, R. A.