It’s tough earning people’s sympathy when a lot of them are afraid of you.
That might explain why reptiles don’t get the same conservation attention as cute and cuddly-looking mammals. But that doesn’t mean that they don’t need it—a third of the reptile species evaluated by the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species are recognized as vulnerable, endangered, or critically endangered.
To give the more than 8,000 species of reptiles a little more recognition on Reptile Awareness Day, here are some of our favorite photos of snakes, lizards, crocodiles and other cold-blooded creatures.
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