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Climate Change Photography Contest 2009

Sourcing Water

JOINT THIRD PRIZE: Nitin Prabhudesai, September 2009, Pune – Sourcing Water: This snail has made its slow way to a leaking tap to hydrate its body. Soft bodied creatures, molluscs must keep their skins moist to breathe. Unnaturally dry seasons could take a toll on terrestrial snail species that must aestivate to prevent desiccation. Prolonged droughts could reduce the length of activity periods, with small juveniles less able to tolerate desiccation. Long dry periods could also reduce reproductive success.
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