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Winners Photography Awards 2009

Crocodile and Snake by Dhritiman Mukherjee

This unusual photograph reveals a marsh crocodile Crocodylus palustris making a meal of a checkered keelback, Xenochrophis piscator snake in the Ranthambhore Tiger Reserve. How crocodiles will adapt to climate change is anyone’s guess. We know however that the temperature at which their eggs develop determines the sex of their young. At 31 degrees Celsius hatchlings will be mostly female. At 32 degrees they are all male. At 33 degrees they are all female. At 34 degrees there is very high mortality and at 35 degrees there is 100 per cent mortality.
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