Tags: crocodile | climb | tree | plan

Crocodiles Climb Trees, So It's Time to Find New Escape Plan

Friday, 14 Feb 2014 11:51 AM

By Clyde Hughes

  Comment  |
   Contact  |
  Print   |
    A   A  
  Copy Shortlink
You may want to think twice if your idea of getting away from a crocodile is to climb a tree, thanks to a popular video making the rounds and according to research from the University of Tennessee at Knoxville's department of psychology showing that crocodiles are smarter than once thought.

In the report "Climbing behavior in extant crocodilian," published in the January 2014 online edition of Herpetology Notes, researchers said the idea of tree-climbing crocodiles have not been a secret to those living near them.

Urgent: Do You Approve Or Disapprove of President Obama's Job Performance? Vote Now in Urgent Poll

"Despite this limited documentation, the ability of crocodilians (mostly juveniles) to climb trees is well known to local residents in some locations," stated the study, produced by Vladimir Dinets, Adam Britton and Matthew Shirley. "They reported routinely observing basking in mangrove trees by juvenile American crocodiles."

Researchers said crocodile tree climbers have been found around the world in places like Australia, Mexico, Colombia, Indonesia, Botswana, New Guinea, The Philippines and The Congo.

Crocodiles, according to CBS News, were observed basking on low-hanging tree branches day and night in Australia. When boats approached them, the crocodiles jumped into the water to escape. The crocodiles were usually small, or juveniles, CBS News reported.

"This shyness might explain why tree-climbing behavior in crocodilians remains relatively little known despite being relatively common," the researchers wrote.

Researchers added, though, the bigger the crocodile gets, the more difficult it becomes for it to climb tree.

The Los Angeles Times wrote about a reported case of a tree climbing crocodile in Mississippi where research found it perched on the branch of a tree.

"One adult dwarf crocodile escaped from its enclosure at the Bristol Zoo ... by climbing up a tree growing at an angle and then over the barrier," researchers told the Los Angeles Times.

Previously, the Los Angeles Times wrote about another study that showed how crocodiles camouflage themselves with branches and hover just above the water to trap birds. Mugger crocodiles and American alligators were found to use this tactic, according to a study in the journal Ethology Ecology and Evolution.

"The crocodiles remained perfectly still for hours, and if they did move to change position, they did it in such a way that the sticks remained balanced on their snouts," according to the paper, per the Times.

Must Read: Secrets of Pope Francis. New Book Reveals Truth.

Related stories:

Crocodile Fighter: Father Fends Off Attack on Son With Bare Hands

Crocodile Attack During Birthday Party Leaves Australian Dead

© 2014 Newsmax. All rights reserved.

  Comment  |
   Contact  |
  Print   |
  Copy Shortlink
Send me more news as it happens.
Get me on The Wire
Send me more news as it happens.
Around the Web
Join the Newsmax Community
Please review Community Guidelines before posting a comment.
>> Register to share your comments with the community.
>> Login if you are already a member.
blog comments powered by Disqus
Zip Code:
Privacy: We never share your email.
Follow Newsmax
Like us
on Facebook
Follow us
on Twitter
Add us
on Google Plus
You May Also Like

Cambodia HIV Outbreak: 100-Plus People Diagnosed; Investigation Sought

Friday, 19 Dec 2014 18:50 PM

More than 100 HIV infections in a single Cambodian village have spurred the country's prime minister to ask for an inves . . .

Slender Man Case: Two Girls Competent to Stand Trial in Stabbing

Friday, 19 Dec 2014 18:26 PM

Two girls who allegedly stabbed a 12-year-old friend over the online game Slender Man are competent to stand trial for a . . .

Kate Upton Sexiest Woman Alive; Model Apologizes to Teen Brother

Friday, 19 Dec 2014 17:52 PM

Model Kate Upton was selected as People magazine's first Sexiest Woman Alive, a month after Chris Hemsworth received the . . .

Top Stories

Newsmax, Moneynews, Newsmax Health, and Independent. American. are registered trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc. Newsmax TV, and Newsmax World are trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc.

America's News Page
©  Newsmax Media, Inc.
All Rights Reserved