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Here's why cold-blooded animals are especially threatened by the climate crisis

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The body temperatures of reptiles are expected to rise as global temperatures increase as a result of the climate crisis.. Image: Unsplash/Linus Mimietz

Lesley Alton
Research Fellow, Monash University
Vanessa Kellermann
Research Fellow, Monash University
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The body temperatures of cold-blooded animals are expected to rise along with global temperatures. Image: Unsplash/thomascouillard

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Previous studies have underestimated the energetic cost of climate warming for ectotherms. Image: Unsplash/davidclode

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