http://www.pbs.org/newshour/rundown/crocodiles-can-climb-trees-scientists-find/ Crocodiles can climb trees, study finds Despite the fact they lack the physical adaptations of a climber, crocodiles can climb trees and do it regularly, a new study in Herpetology Notes finds. After studying five crocodilian species on Africa, Australia and North America, the team found that the reptiles can climb as high as six feet off the ground. Juveniles have been spotted as high as 30 feet. Combined with anecdotal evidence in these areas, the researchers found that the smaller crocodiles were able to vertically scale trees, while their larger counterparts relied on angled branches. The team concludes that tree-climbing ability allows the cold-blooded species to regulate their body temperature — bask in the sun — and keep tabs of their surroundings. The researchers observed that the crocodiles were “skittish,” fleeing from their heights if observers approached too closely.