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croc or monitor tail swing speeds

Dear list readers,

I am rather desperately looking for data on how fast crocodiles (including alligators) and monitor lizards can swing their tails. I am not especially interested in data on swimming, but would welcome that as well, because there seems to be hardly anything published about tail wagging (and, more in line with what I need this for) tail whacking on land.

Does anyone here have any data, or an idea whom I could ask?


Dr. Heinrich Mallison
Museum für Naturkunde - Leibniz-Institut für Evolutions- und
Biodiversitätsforschung an der Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin
Invalidenstrasse 43
10115 Berlin

Tel: +49(0)30-2093-8764
Email: heinrich.mallison@mfn-berlin.de