Feb 122014
 

A recent research finds that — yikes — crocodiles can climb trees, even reaching the uppermost branches. Crocodiles are usually considered ground-dwellers, but a few anecdotes suggested they climb at least occasionally.

According to the report, Four species found on three continents showed this behavior, which may help the reptiles regulate their body temperature and survey their habitat.

“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. “Likewise, their wary nature suggests that climbing leads to improved site surveillance of potential threats and prey.”

Contributed By Sonia Narula

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