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Crocodiles can climb trees, study finds
PBS ^ | February 15, 2014 at 10:29 AM EDT | BY JOSHUA BARAJAS

Posted on 05/11/2014 12:47:26 PM PDT by Lazamataz

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.

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TOPICS: Chit/Chat; Humor; Weird Stuff
KEYWORDS: butwaittheresmore; crocodiles; gatorbait; itgetsworse; ohnoes
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This is totally not cool.

However, these crocs are not the ones to be scared of. The ones to be scared of are the ones who can build simple suspension bridges.

Not the underspanned suspension bridge, the stressed ribbon bridge, or the self-anchored suspension bridge, mind you... but a simple suspension bridge is plenty.

I, personally, advised that the State University System of New York discharge any crocs who were in any of the engineering fields, but alas, they would not listen. I had no problem with crocs who stay in the Liberal Arts (Elizabethan Literature, Post-Modernist Art, or any of the Writing studies), or ones who went into Phys Ed (especially therapeutic and sports medicine), but the ENGINEERING crocs scared me.

(Usually they would kill the grade curve by sneaking up on it in a river, biting down on in with their massive jaws, then doing this rolling motion that tore chunks of flesh out of the curve)

Please, no Specist comments on this thread, or I'm calling Al Sharpteeth and Jawsy Jackson on you.

1 posted on 05/11/2014 12:47:26 PM PDT by Lazamataz
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To: Lazamataz
I'm so screwed.

/johnny

2 posted on 05/11/2014 12:49:26 PM PDT by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: Lazamataz

Yes, but can they do it over a trail of feces I leave behind as they chase me.


3 posted on 05/11/2014 12:49:59 PM PDT by driftdiver (I could eat it raw, but why do that when I have a fire.)
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To: humblegunner; BuckeyeTexan; onyx; mylife; penelopesire; Scoutmaster

The payoff is in my comments, below the excerpt.


4 posted on 05/11/2014 12:50:38 PM PDT by Lazamataz (Early 2009 to 7/21/2013 - RIP my little girl Cathy. You were the best cat ever. You will be missed.)
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To: Lazamataz

Good Grief, global warming is creating more havoc. We’re doomed! We need the gubmint to do something.


5 posted on 05/11/2014 12:51:43 PM PDT by PROCON (Those who are capable of Tyranny are capable of Deceit to sustain it.)
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To: driftdiver
Yes, but can they do it over a trail of feces I leave behind as they chase me.

Warning: The Zimbabwe pole-vaulting team, which won gold in 1996, was entirely composed of crocodiles.

6 posted on 05/11/2014 12:52:37 PM PDT by Lazamataz (Early 2009 to 7/21/2013 - RIP my little girl Cathy. You were the best cat ever. You will be missed.)
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To: Lazamataz

Now I know why I see James Carville in trees around New Orleans.


7 posted on 05/11/2014 12:54:32 PM PDT by blackdog (There is no such thing as healing, only a balance between destructive and constructive forces.)
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To: Lazamataz

8 posted on 05/11/2014 12:54:47 PM PDT by ClearCase_guy
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To: Lazamataz

9 posted on 05/11/2014 12:55:32 PM PDT by driftdiver (I could eat it raw, but why do that when I have a fire.)
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To: ClearCase_guy

Clamzo me boys, Clamzo!


10 posted on 05/11/2014 12:55:58 PM PDT by Tijeras_Slim
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To: Lazamataz
Ya could have linked to a blog and invited the turd burglars in.
11 posted on 05/11/2014 12:58:12 PM PDT by VRWC For Truth (Roberts has perverted the Constitution)
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To: Lazamataz
They can also fence.
12 posted on 05/11/2014 12:59:22 PM PDT by driftdiver (I could eat it raw, but why do that when I have a fire.)
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To: driftdiver

I plan on choking them to death . . . with heel dust.


13 posted on 05/11/2014 12:59:46 PM PDT by BipolarBob
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To: Lazamataz
I don't know why they wouldn't be able to climb...... snakes can climb trees and they don't even have any feet like alligators do.
14 posted on 05/11/2014 1:00:10 PM PDT by Ditter
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To: Lazamataz; EEGator; dfwgator
NO!! Say it aint so!! Gators hanging out in trees is not cool.

Bad enough that those nasty Palmetto bugs FLY (and that they quadruple in size in the dark).

Just kiss Florida goodbye, we're doomed.

15 posted on 05/11/2014 1:00:50 PM PDT by cyn (Benghazi)
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To: Lazamataz

Specious comments? I got you specious comments right here!


16 posted on 05/11/2014 1:01:44 PM PDT by ifinnegan
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To: Ditter
sorry I said alligators and they are talking about crocks, I don't know nuthin’ ‘bout no crocks.
17 posted on 05/11/2014 1:02:13 PM PDT by Ditter
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To: Lazamataz; JoeProBono; Slings and Arrows

18 posted on 05/11/2014 1:02:22 PM PDT by a fool in paradise (The new witchhunt: "Do you NOW, . . . or have you EVER , . . supported traditional marriage?")
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To: Ditter

Monitor lizardss are tree climbing fools.


19 posted on 05/11/2014 1:02:38 PM PDT by gundog (Help us, Nairobi-Wan Kenobi...you're our only hope.)
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To: Ditter; Revolting cat!; Lazamataz; Daffynition; GeronL
"I am not a crock!" - Richard M. Alligatorperson


20 posted on 05/11/2014 1:04:48 PM PDT by a fool in paradise (The new witchhunt: "Do you NOW, . . . or have you EVER , . . supported traditional marriage?")
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To: driftdiver
See... that right there is a problem. It's also why fully automatic firearms shouldn't have to be registered with the federal government.

/johnny

21 posted on 05/11/2014 1:05:46 PM PDT by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: driftdiver
That's an alligator, but we get the point.
22 posted on 05/11/2014 1:06:53 PM PDT by E. Pluribus Unum ("The more numerous the laws, the more corrupt the government." --Tacitus)
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To: Lazamataz

“Despite the fact they lack the physical adaptations of a climber, crocodiles can climb trees and do it regularly”

For some reason, I’m getting visions of the makings for a really good Far Side cartoon.


23 posted on 05/11/2014 1:06:56 PM PDT by DemforBush (A repo man is always intense.)
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To: Lazamataz

Gosh darn treehugging snapigators.


24 posted on 05/11/2014 1:09:42 PM PDT by mylife
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To: Lazamataz
Why not?

Walking Whales
Date: May 5, 2014
Length: 27:41
http://kgov.s3.amazonaws.com/bel/2014/20140505-BEL089.mp3

Dr. Phil Gingerich Interview About Rodhocetus

25 posted on 05/11/2014 1:10:34 PM PDT by Berlin_Freeper
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To: a fool in paradise
Ronald Reagan on a velociraptor. Take your silly argument elsewhere.

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26 posted on 05/11/2014 1:10:41 PM PDT by cripplecreek (Remember the River Raisin.)
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To: driftdiver; Salamander
lol on that and your #3.

Btw, this info follows earlier revelation: "As if crocodiles and alligators weren't terrifying enough, scientists have discovered that these ancient, sharp-toothed beasts are incredibly cunning. So clever that they use lures to trap and gobble unsuspecting birds."

So ... yes, it does get worse.

27 posted on 05/11/2014 1:10:42 PM PDT by cyn (Benghazi)
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To: a fool in paradise

That doesn’t look like the alligators I have seen.


28 posted on 05/11/2014 1:10:56 PM PDT by Ditter
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To: JRandomFreeper
It's also why fully automatic firearms shouldn't have to be registered with the federal government

Ratchet it up a notch, my friend. I think we need to be talking about RPG's here.

29 posted on 05/11/2014 1:12:24 PM PDT by Leaning Right (Why am I holding this lantern? I am looking for the next Reagan.)
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To: Lazamataz
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.

Show me the pictures!

30 posted on 05/11/2014 1:13:40 PM PDT by Hot Tabasco (Under Reagan spring always arrived on time.....)
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To: Leaning Right

If you’re accurate a .22 is plenty to kill one of these monsters.


31 posted on 05/11/2014 1:15:22 PM PDT by driftdiver (I could eat it raw, but why do that when I have a fire.)
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To: driftdiver

shoot it! shoot it over and over and over to be sure! damn!


32 posted on 05/11/2014 1:15:28 PM PDT by Bulwyf
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To: Ditter; EEGator
"That doesn’t look like the alligators I have seen."

It's the offspring of a top-secret UF undergrad project:


33 posted on 05/11/2014 1:15:34 PM PDT by cyn (Benghazi)
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To: Hot Tabasco; Lazamataz

Great. One more thing to worry about.

34 posted on 05/11/2014 1:17:10 PM PDT by rlmorel ("A nation, despicable by its weakness, forfeits even the privilege of being neutral." A. Hamilton)
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To: Lazamataz

Here's one too big to climb trees but still using branches for nefarious purposes.

35 posted on 05/11/2014 1:19:03 PM PDT by heartwood
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To: rlmorel

Cool but can they shimmy up chimneys?


36 posted on 05/11/2014 1:19:34 PM PDT by Hot Tabasco (Under Reagan spring always arrived on time.....)
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To: Hot Tabasco

http://www.herpetologynotes.seh-herpetology.org/Volume7_PDFs/Dinets_HerpetologyNotes_volume7_pages3-7.pdf

:)


37 posted on 05/11/2014 1:19:54 PM PDT by moose07 (the truth will out ,one day.)
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To: cyn

you win the html race


38 posted on 05/11/2014 1:20:36 PM PDT by heartwood
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To: driftdiver
If you’re accurate a .22 is plenty to kill one of these monsters.

If being chased up a tree by a monster crocodile or alligator isn't enough of a reason to use heavy weapons, I don't know what is. Twenty-two? Eh. I'd want the satisfaction of blowing him up good. And even after it was raining reptile meat, I still wouldn't come down from the tree for two days, just to make sure.

Lord, what a nightmare. Thanks for reminding me why I don't want to live in Florida.

39 posted on 05/11/2014 1:21:05 PM PDT by ottbmare (the OTTB mare, now a proud Marine Mom)
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To: Lazamataz
No trouble with the gators climbing trees down here, the snakes in the trees keep them away.
40 posted on 05/11/2014 1:22:24 PM PDT by The Cajun (tea party!!!, Sarah Palin, Mark Levin, Ted Cruz, Mike Lee, Louie Gohmert......Nuff said.)
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To: ottbmare

Really no crocs in Florida. Only gators and they don’t climb.

Now the snakes they climb, and drop into boats from the trees.

That gets your heart goin.


41 posted on 05/11/2014 1:25:47 PM PDT by driftdiver (I could eat it raw, but why do that when I have a fire.)
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To: DemforBush
You also have to watch where you parachute!
42 posted on 05/11/2014 1:26:25 PM PDT by mkmensinger
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To: Hot Tabasco

LOL...it isn’t shimmying UP the chimneys I am concerned with...it is the other way...:)


43 posted on 05/11/2014 1:27:43 PM PDT by rlmorel ("A nation, despicable by its weakness, forfeits even the privilege of being neutral." A. Hamilton)
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To: ottbmare
I would be carrying one of these: USMC M32A1 40mm grenade launcher


44 posted on 05/11/2014 1:36:40 PM PDT by rlmorel ("A nation, despicable by its weakness, forfeits even the privilege of being neutral." A. Hamilton)
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To: Lazamataz
BTW you do know that there is a alligator slough just east of my shooting range. Thank God the Trinity river has 30 foot banks.

http://dallastrinitytrails.blogspot.com/2011/06/trinity-river-alligators.html


45 posted on 05/11/2014 1:39:59 PM PDT by mylife
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To: rlmorel

Does that come under concealed carry?
:)


46 posted on 05/11/2014 1:39:59 PM PDT by moose07 (the truth will out ,one day.)
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To: The Cajun; moose07
(ahem) I hear you on the snakes, but it's not gonna work. Caption of Fig 1 from above-mentioned #37 is "A sub-adult American alligator perching on tree branch in Pearl River Delta, Mississippi."

The photo is posted at #34.

47 posted on 05/11/2014 1:40:39 PM PDT by cyn (Benghazi)
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To: Lazamataz

lol!


48 posted on 05/11/2014 1:41:02 PM PDT by ransomnote
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To: cyn
...those nasty Palmetto bugs...

You mean roaches? The big, three inches kind? The ones that fly around at night and land in your hair?

Maybe Kaleephornya ain't so bad after all.

49 posted on 05/11/2014 1:46:40 PM PDT by stboz
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To: driftdiver

There ARE crocs in FL. But just in the brackish mangrove swamps near the keys.


50 posted on 05/11/2014 1:46:48 PM PDT by left that other site (You shall know the Truth, and The Truth Shall Set You Free.)
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