Climate Change

Cambiamento climatico: nascono solo tartarughe femmine

24 January 2018 | Written by La redazione

The sex of a large group of reptiles, including crocodilians and many species of turtles, is determined by the temperature their eggs develop in. If the eggs are above a certain temperature during a critical period in their incubation, the animal will be likely to develop as a female; below that temperature, you’re more likely to get a male. And that, in a world where temperatures are rising, is a problem. The turtles in question are the green sea turtles that lay thier eggs at the Great Barrier Reef that is about 2,000 miles long so they experience notably different climates, which can affect the turtles’ sex determination.

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