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So, Turns Out Crocodiles Can Climb Trees
Crocodiles can climb trees. And they do it well, too: Some of the toothy reptiles have been spotted as high as 32 feet up a tree.
That’s not somewhere a normally aquatic crocodile ends up by accident.
Once considered a characteristic of extinct crocodilians, this proclivity for scampering up trees is common in today’s crocodiles, a team of scientists reports in Herpetology Notes [pdf]. That’s surprising, because crocodiles don’t really have the anatomic adaptations needed to easily grip tree branches and scale tree trunks in the way that sloths or monkeys do. But various sightings suggested that the reptiles, and their alligator friends, were somehow managing to become tree-borne.
Next, the scientists set out to collect a few observations of their own. In Australia, they saw crocodiles in trees — and spotted one individual attempting to scale a chain-link fence. In the Everglades and Central America, many crocodiles were spotted basking on the concealed lower branches of mangrove trees. At some of these sites, the only way the reptiles could have reached their resting spot was by climbing up the tree trunk itself. And in Africa, Nile crocodiles and their relatives were seen just as frequently in trees as were some birds. In many instances, these reptiles were lying on tree limbs that were nowhere near the water. One was spotted on a log 13 feet above the water and 16 feet from the riverbank. “To reach this site the crocodile would have had to scale a [13-foot] completely vertical bank and then walk amongst the branches to reach the end of the tree,” the authors reported.
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