Crocodiles Climb Trees

In no particular order and for no particular reason – three things I learned today….

Assistant research professor Vladimir Dinets at the University of Tennessee  published a study in Herpetology Notes claiming crocodiles climb trees. Apparently four species from Africa, Australia, and North America were observed clamoring up to four meters above ground and five meters along branches. Obviously smaller reptiles able to reach higher than cumbersome old timers.

http://earthsky.org/earth/crocodiles-climb-trees

We face a national clown shortage – don’t blame “Sideshow Bob” , the writing has been on the wall for decades.

http://www.nydailynews.com/news/national/exclusive-national-clown-shortage-approaching-article-1.1616801

University of Illinois researchers have developed plastics that can heal themselves. Capillaries within plastics are filled with restorative chemicals. When damage occurs, these chemicals mix and fill in damaged areas.

“We have demonstrated repair of a nonliving, synthetic materials system in a way that is reminiscent of repair-by-regrowth as seen in some living systems,” – Professor Jeffry S Moore

http://earthsky.org/human-world/new-plastics-heal-themselves

Image – dailytechwhip.com

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10 thoughts on “Crocodiles Climb Trees

  1. Back in Darwin and the NT in general there were constant warnings about not climbing trees if you saw crocs. Always thought it was far fetched… Glad I never went places where there was a chance of crocs being present because my first thought would be to find the closest tree and climb haha!

    • I know! When you think about it though – Crocodiles and Alligators are virtually unchanged from their prehistoric ancestors. There has to be good reason why they’ve lasted this long 🙂

      • So true. I laugh when I hear people say humans are the most advanced species. You mentioning that crocodiles and alligators are virtually unchanged reminded me of this short Neil deGrasse Tyson clip — “Stupid Design”

        The ending is hilarious. Happy weekend.

  2. I was attracted to this post by the title.

    It reminded me of someone who is most important in my life. My two and a half year-old grandson who loves crocodiles.

    I love my grandson and I love to play with him all the time.

    Life is so simple when you start to ponder about what is important in life.

  3. After this post, I’m trying to think of some smart-aleck comment about Clowns using self-healing plastic rope to rappel from the tree in which they had sought refuge from an alligator before the realized that alligators can climb trees…. but that all seems too far fetched…. 🙂

      • I LIKE that idea! Then again, clowns are scary enough to people too. And little children walking up to a clown in solar powered clown shoes might be captivated like lemmings following a pied piper…..

        It’s amazing how scary tree climbing crocodiles can become when you follow things through to their logical conclusions!

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