Some crocodiles hunt with lures…

11 December 2013

A well-camouflaged mugger crocodile (Crocodylus palustris) in stick-displaying behavior. Madras Crocodile Bank, Tamil Nadu, India. Source: Dinets et al, 2013.

“&%$#** birds!, took me six hours to get these sticks balanced and not even a peck…”     A well-camouflaged mugger crocodile (Crocodylus palustris) in stick-displaying behavior. Madras Crocodile Bank, Tamil Nadu, India. Source: Dinets et al, 2013.

In a research paper entitled “Crocodilians use lures for hunting“, Vladimir Dinets and co-authors report that two species of crocodilians, a crocodile and an alligator, make use of twigs and sticks to hunt birds.  Truly amazing for so dinosaurial a beast but going to show just how much there is out there in the world of natural science that we have still to discover!  And quite a balancing act as well!

Citation: V. Dinets, J.C. Brueggen & J.D. Brueggen , Ethology Ecology & Evolution (2013): Crocodilians use tools for hunting. 

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