7 animals that may be extinct after the Australian bushfires
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Blue mountains water skink (Eulamprus leuraensis)
Australia’s peak fire season has another six weeks to go, at least as of early January 2020 – climate change makes predictions of seasons highly unstable. The horrific news for the continent’s native animal species continues to mount. This medium-size, yellow-striped skink – a type of lizard – was listed as endangered on the Australian government’s Office of Environment & Heritage profile back in April 2019. What’s become of it now, in the wake of massive fires ravaging its already minuscule range in the Greater Blue Mountains, is unknown and potentially calamitous.