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Global warming leaves Australian crocs in hot water

Climate change is threatening the survival of northern Australia’s saltwater crocodiles, exposing them to potentially fatal warmer water temperatures, according to University of Queensland research.

The study has found that saltwater crocodiles have little capacity to adapt to warming waters, and halved the time they spent underwater once temperatures exceeded 31.5 degrees Celsius.

The results are published online in Conservation Physiology.

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