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Crocodiles are able to climb trees


Posted on Wednesday, 12 February, 2014 | Comment icon 28 comments

Crocodiles appear to be good climbers. Image Credit: CC BY 2.0 Spencer Wright
Researchers have discovered that crocodiles and alligators are remarkably adept at climbing up trees.
The next time you find yourself being pursued by one of these carnivorous reptiles and decide to attempt an escape by climbing up a tree you might want to reconsider.

Despite possessing none of the anatomic adaptations typical of animals that grip tree trunks and hold on to branches, crocodiles have been sighted on numerous occasions at the tops of trees up to 32ft off the ground.

The discovery was made thanks to the efforts of a team of scientists who conducted an investigation to determine how common it was to find these animals climbing trees. Everywhere they looked, from the Florida Everglades to the wilds of Australia, they observed crocodiles perched high up in the branches.

Smaller and younger specimens seem to be more adept at climbing than larger animals, but even the adults are more than capable. In Africa along the river Nile the team found that crocodiles were just as common in trees as some of the native bird species.

The researchers believe that this behavior is likely to benefit the animals by helping them to regulate their body temperature while providing a wider view of their surrounding environment.

Source: Wired | Comments (28)

Tags: Crocodile


 
Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #19 Posted by Junior Chubb on 13 February, 2014, 9:37
Yes, but then mer!maids have grasping hands. Grasping hands...! Must be the Action Man/Gi Joe version
Comment icon #20 Posted by chopmo on 13 February, 2014, 10:39
finally a clue to what dropbears really are
Comment icon #21 Posted by Duchess Gummybuns on 13 February, 2014, 17:46
NOBODY IS SAFE
Comment icon #22 Posted by pallidin on 13 February, 2014, 22:24
Croc's don't often like full-grown humans(though not unheard of) Babies and small children, pet dogs, etc... now that's a different story.
Comment icon #23 Posted by danielost on 14 February, 2014, 15:33
How is this only now just being "discovered"? Maybe, its a new thing, evolution at work.
Comment icon #24 Posted by Awake2Chaos on 14 February, 2014, 15:35
This just seems so unnecessary, they are terrifying enough without the ability to climb trees. Glad I don't live in Florida anymore.....
Comment icon #25 Posted by simplybill on 15 February, 2014, 3:51
It was just recently that I learned groundhogs can climb trees. Sort of contradicts their name.
Comment icon #26 Posted by venom012 on 15 February, 2014, 4:31
That's why they outlived dinosuars they can adapt.
Comment icon #27 Posted by TopToffee on 15 February, 2014, 8:02
NOBODY IS SAFE Yes, we in Britain are safe.We have no deadly creatures.We have the Adder and and the False Widow but you have to be incredibly unlucky to be killed by one.Would say our most dangerous creatures are Cows and thats only for silly walkers, hikers etc..Oh some of the locals are dangerous but thats not just Britain to have idio..people like that.
Comment icon #28 Posted by scorpiosonic on 15 February, 2014, 15:21
Croc's don't often like full-grown humans(though not unheard of) Babies and small children, pet dogs, etc... now that's a different story. Some crocs are so big a full-grown human is just a snack for them!


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