What Happens to Cold Blooded Animals in a Warming World

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The European Pond Terrapin, Emys orbicularis, and Balkan Terrapin, Mauremys rivulata, basking in the glory of the sunlight and their own reflections. The scientific term for animals called "cold-blooded" is "ectotherms," which means they get their heat from outside. More specifically, most ectotherms are "poikilotherms," meaning having varied body temperatures.

Photographer Anders Geidemark was enthralled by these shy creatures he found outside the ancient city of Butrint during his Wild Wonders of Europe mission to Albania.

Photo credit: Wild Wonders of Europe

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