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2/12/2014 4:15:53 AM
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HOLY SHIT! Some species of Crocodile can climb trees

[quote]The belief that you can climb a tree to escape a hungry crocodile has been proven moot by The University of Tennessee that says some species of crocodile can climb trees. Crocodiles aren't just lazy creatures that lay around in the sun all day long, a fact that is proven by the fact that some of them can climb into a tree up to four meters. This is true despite the lack of morphological features that would normally be present in a species that can climb. ""Climbing a steep hill or steep branch is mechanically similar, assuming the branch is wide enough to walk on," the authors wrote. "Still, the ability to climb vertically is a measure of crocodiles' spectacular agility on land."" Vladimir Dinets headed the team that did the study on crocodiles in North America, Africa and Australia. It turns out four different species of crocs can climb trees, and smaller ones are better at it than the larger ones. ""The most frequent observations of tree-basking were in areas where there were few places to bask on the ground, implying that the individuals needed alternatives for regulating their body temperature," the authors wrote. "Likewise, their wary nature suggests that climbing leads to improved site surveillance of potential threats and prey."" Scientists have determined that the behavior is not determined by the time of day, as they found crocodiles in trees during the day and night. Still skittish creatures, the crocodiles fell off the logs or jumped into the water when approached. [i]Nature World News[/i] described some of the previous research: 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.[/quote] Well shit.
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  • 1337 haxors
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  • It's over guys... It's all over.
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  • Brb gonna kill myself
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    Crocodiles? In trees? Someone get a MAC cannon.
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  • What's next? [b]Crocnado[/b]?
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  • Oh shit, they're approaching sentience. We're all boned. Prepare for the Crocpocalypse.
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  • [quote]Moot[/quote] Hail 4chan
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  • Edited by Elrond Hubbard: 2/14/2014 10:12:50 PM
    OH SHIT
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    • Edited by Noble 6: 2/15/2014 8:56:17 PM
      Sounds to me like the [spoiler]nope-odile[/spoiler]
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    • Imagine you're just walking along in the woods and suddenly a crocodile drops down on top of you from a tree. Nowhere is safe.
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      • Only an ape in a red tie can save us now.
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        • Kill it with fire before it learns to make tools!
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        • Sentient tree croc master race!
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        • Don't think your safe in the open field either...
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        • Omg they're becoming smarter, soon we will have flying spiders, that's when the world will go to shits.
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          • [quote]Some species of Crocodile can climb trees[/quote] Nuke it from orbit?
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            • AAAHHHHHHHHHHHH. WHAT NEXT LAND SHARKS!?!
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              • >alligators can climb well they're delicious fried so i don't really have a problem with that.
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              • Well, they can also set up traps too.
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              • Relevant
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              • Edited by HipiO7: 2/12/2014 4:25:32 AM
                Interior Crocodile Alligator, I drive a Chevrolet Movie Theater
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              • Just go up 6 meters
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              • Meh, not really a straight up tree, it has to be one that is slanted and has limbs to do it. So i'm still safe. I'm a master tree climber so i'm good.
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              • We're screwed aren't we?
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              • That's alarming. I guess I'd just have to be lucky enough that the tree is too skinny for them to climb.
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