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Fwd: Re: Fw: Sauropod Necks As Weapons
When Crocs, "salties" prey on smaller animals such as water foul etc they use their tails in such a fashion as to scare the prey directly to their awaiting jaws. The tail is used in this tactic not as a weapon, but more as a decoy, as the tail does not come in contact with the prey. I have seen this tactic used only twice in the last 20yrs and only in a certain area of Nth Queensland. Whether this method is used by all "salties" or is restricted to just a localised group I don't know.
If anyone knows of more info on this subject please let me know
Many thanks in advance.
>From: Dann Pigdon
>Subject: Re: Fw: Sauropod Necks As Weapons
>Date: Wed, 18 Dec 2002 06:32:45 +1100
>Adam Britton wrote:
> > Crocs can deliver a nasty blow with the tail, which isn't surprising giving
> > the musculature behind it. However, rather than using the tail in isolation
> > as an iguana or monitor might do, the crocodile lashes out with its head as
> > well as the tail in the direction of the threat / annoyance - perhaps as a
> > way to maintain balance. It's often said that crocs use their tails as
> > weapons to unbalance prey, but perhaps such observers are concentrating on
> > the wrong end of the animal.
>Not necessarily. I have it on good authority from croc-wise people in
>Queensland, Australia, that some crocs have adapted to taking livestock
>much larger than they can pull into the water with their jaws alone by
>sweeping their legs out from under them using their tails. Once in the
>water, the horse or cow is at a distinct disadvantage, and may even
>drown through panick alone.
>Of course crocs also use their tail in other food procurement
>strategies, such as corralling fish into the shallows to make them
>easier to catch, so the idea is not so far-fetched (considering that
>people have actually seen it happen, as well).
>Crocs are nothing if not adaptable.
>Dann Pigdon Australian Dinosaurs:
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