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Wednesday, February 12, 2014

There are several stories about how people climb up trees to escape a hungry crocodile. However, researchers have found that certain species of crocodiles can move up the branches and reach as far as four meters high on a tree, despite lacking morphological features that support climbing behavior.

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Previous research on crocodilians -- including crocodiles, caimans and alligators -- found that they use tools such as twigs and branches to set a trap for birds. These reptiles hold a twig to attract a nesting bird. As soon as the bird gets too close, the reptile attacks it. What's even more interesting is that this behaviour isn't isolated to one species; alligators in the U.S. and marsh crocodiles in India use this twig trick to lure birds. They exclusively use the tool during a specific time of the year.

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What a croc.

#1 | Posted by Doc_Sarvis at 2014-02-11 02:56 PM | Reply | Flag:

manbearpig is real I tell you.

#2 | Posted by moder8 at 2014-02-11 03:04 PM | Reply | Flag:

Doc,
Off topic, but have you watched any of the great white vids kayakers and surfers have captured by paddling with go pros attached? Most of these guys never knew until theyvwatched the vids after a day on the water that the sharks were feet away.
I recall you having a similar interest in such things.

On topic, if you have to go out like a pro, getting killed by a tree climbing croc has to rate up there pretty high.

#3 | Posted by 101Chairborne at 2014-02-11 03:13 PM | Reply | Flag:

www.flickr.com

#4 | Posted by Corky at 2014-02-11 03:14 PM | Reply | Flag:

They have been known to climb up a chain link fence and even attempt to climb a wall.

#5 | Posted by KBM at 2014-02-11 03:31 PM | Reply | Flag:

Damn it's hard to stay on top of the food chain these days.

#6 | Posted by paneocon at 2014-02-11 06:31 PM | Reply | Flag:

My decision to be a sedentary, Internet-obsessed shut-in has been vindicated by the news that crocodiles can climb trees.

#7 | Posted by rcade at 2014-02-12 03:33 PM | Reply | Flag: | Funny: 2 | Newsworthy 1

My decision to be a sedentary, Internet-obsessed shut-in has been vindicated by the news that crocodiles can climb trees.
#7 | Posted by rcade at 2014-02-12 03:33 PM |

Yeah, but that just means the toilet snakes will get you.

#8 | Posted by censored at 2014-02-12 03:57 PM | Reply | Flag:

Enough is enough! I have had it with these melon farming crocodiles in these melon farming trees!

#9 | Posted by visitor_ at 2014-02-12 04:10 PM | Reply | Flag: | Funny: 1

Off topic, but have you watched any of the great white vids kayakers and surfers have captured by paddling with go pros attached? Most of these guys never knew until theyvwatched the vids after a day on the water that the sharks were feet away.
I recall you having a similar interest in such things.
#3 | Posted by 101Chairborne

Gotta check that out - thanks for the heads-up. Hope all's well with you.

#10 | Posted by Doc_Sarvis at 2014-02-12 04:11 PM | Reply | Flag:

Damn it's hard to stay on top of the food chain these days.
#6 | Posted by paneocon

That's probably whatever it was that ran us out of the forest onto the savannah said a gazillion years ago.

#11 | Posted by Doc_Sarvis at 2014-02-12 04:12 PM | Reply | Flag:

In related news crocodiles are still worthless in combating large snakes in Florida.

#12 | Posted by Tor at 2014-02-12 04:27 PM | Reply | Flag:

Screw the zombie apocalypse, this is the way humanity goes out!

#13 | Posted by bartimus at 2014-02-12 06:48 PM | Reply | Flag: | Funny: 1

video.

#14 | Posted by BruceBanner at 2014-02-13 12:01 AM | Reply | Flag:

"My decision to be a sedentary, Internet-obsessed shut-in has been vindicated by the news that crocodiles can climb trees."

Yo mama and I are very concerned about you.

#15 | Posted by Diablo at 2014-02-13 03:26 AM | Reply | Flag:

Please notify me immediately when they learn to open doors.

#16 | Posted by nutcase at 2014-02-13 09:14 PM | Reply | Flag:

Julius, an Albino Burmese Python that can open doors!
www.youtube.com

#17 | Posted by Zatoichi at 2014-02-13 09:25 PM | Reply | Flag:

Pythons eat gators.

#18 | Posted by Zatoichi at 2014-02-13 09:26 PM | Reply | Flag:

I assume they still freeze to death like the others?

#19 | Posted by REDIAL at 2014-02-14 12:01 AM | Reply | Flag:

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