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Crocodiles can climb trees, study finds

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  1. joseephuss

    joseephuss Well-Known Member

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    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.

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  2. BigStar

    BigStar Stop chasing Zone Supporter

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    Thanks for these cool articles. That's almost not fair...Crocs in the trees? They evolve like crazy. Outlasted Dinosaurs...
  3. Nomad

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    Nowhere to hide.
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  4. PJTHEDOORS

    PJTHEDOORS Well-Known Member

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    Any research with photo evidence?
  5. burmafrd

    burmafrd Well-Known Member

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    Yeah I would like some pictures of this
  6. PJTHEDOORS

    PJTHEDOORS Well-Known Member

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  7. DallasCowpoke

    DallasCowpoke Fierce Allegiance

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    By the looks of those pics, the word "climb" seems to be used w/ a very wide latitude. Those trees appear more ramp-like, that they've basically walked up from the ground, as opposed to literally scaling vertically up the trunk.
  8. ROUSH8692

    ROUSH8692 Well-Known Member

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    They are dinosaurs
  9. BigStar

    BigStar Stop chasing Zone Supporter

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    I thought dinosaurs were modern day birds?
  10. dexternjack

    dexternjack World Traveler Zone Supporter

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    Technically, nothing alive today is even close to a dinosaur. Sharks and crocodiles are the most "unchanged" over the past millions of years(I won't get into mollusks and other sea creatures). Their skeletal and muscular structure aren't really close to their ancestors, which aren't really dinosaurs themselves.

    Some reptiles evolved from that era but really are a different animal today, very little is reminiscent of a dinosaur.

    In closing, dinosaurs were reptiles and birds evolved from pterosaurs(not a dinosaur). Lizards and snakes are not related to any kind of dinosaur. Crocodiles and birds are a distant, distant cousin to dinosaurs and pterosaurs.
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