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Distinct populations of snake species have crashed over the last decade, raising fears that the reptiles may be in global decline, according to a study.
The pattern across the eight species monitored was alarmingly similar despite their geographical isolation, which points to a common cause, say researchers.
Factors thought to play a role include climate change, habitat loss, pollution, disease, lack of prey and over-exploitation, either for food or trade.
The study showed that of the 17 snake populations in Britain, France, Italy, Nigeria and Australia, 11 had dropped off sharply ove
This doesn't concern me very much.