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Frightening UT study finds crocodiles commonly climb trees

A team, led by University of Tennessee researcher Vladimir Dinets, has discovered that some crocodiles and alligators can climb trees. According to a Feb. 12 article on Fox News.com, these scientists have been observing crocodilians, including crocodiles and alligators to investigate the validity of common reports from around the world that these ancient creatures often climb trees.

Crocodiles in trees is a frightening thought.
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They have determined that four types of crocodiles are adept at trees. Smaller specimens of other types, including American alligators, often have the ability to do the same.

Crocodiles were documented to climb as high as 13 feet and another 16 feet out a branch to find the best perch for scoping out their territory. The amazing thing is that they can climb a vertical grade up a tree. Of course, it stands to reason when considering the claws with which they are equipped.

All things considered, it is a very frightening prospect to think of crocodiles above your head as you walk by!

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