[Date Prev][Date Next][Thread Prev][Thread Next][Date Index][Thread Index][Subject Index][Author Index]
Re: TREE-CLIMBING BABY CROCS
In fact, crocodiles climb trees. I saw it myself.
In Laos (Southeast Asia), Prof. Philippe Taquet and I, we have seen a
juvenile crocodile Crocodylus siamensis in a small tree about 0.5 meters
above the water.
Of course, that is not the normal microhabitat! :-)
> This is that, whether crocs climb trees or not (and, anecdotes
> aside, it appears they do not), people should not point toward
> monitor lizards as possible croc analogues. Unlike crocs, including
> baby ones, many monitors are well equipped to climb trees, what with
> their set of 20 sharply curved claws, elongate digits including a
> strongly divergent pedal digit 5, and very flexible tails. As such a
> bauplan is primitive for monitors, it has been easy for them to
> evolve arboreality on several occasions. Many varanid species are
> therefore fully arboreal (_V. rudicollis_, _V. prasinus_, _V.
> teriae_, _V. bogerti_, _V. telenesetes_ etc etc etc) or close to it,
> while the juveniles of many terrestrial species (such as _V.
> komodoensis_) exhibit strong arboreal tendencies. Extant crocs do not
> exhibit the features utilised by monitors in their arboreal exploits,
> so the two groups are not comparable. I hope that sorts it out.