PHOTOS: Ten U.S. Species Feeling Global Warming's Heat

PHOTOS: Ten U.S. Species Feeling Global Warming's Heat
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Listed as endangered by IUCN, the tiny bog turtle is the United States' smallest turtle (4.5 inches, or 11.5 centimeters, long), and one of the country's scarcest. As its name suggests the bog turtle has very specific habitat requirements--the wetlands, bogs, and fens of the eastern United States.

Shifting weather patterns are likely to disrupt the delicate ecological balance in which the turtle survives, either by drying out its habitat or by flooding it, the December 2009 Endangered Species Coalition report--adding to existing challenges such as habitat fragmentation caused by housing and roads.
— Photograph by Joel Sartore, National Geographic Stock
 
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