Why crocodiles are more deceptive than you think

Crocodiles have been around for 230 million years.

Yes, they hide low in the water and jump up to catch prey, but that's not the sneakiest way crocodiles hunt.

Researchers have found that crocodiles hide in shallow water with twigs across their snouts. When birds happen by, looking for material to build a nest... Snap!

Scientist Vladimir Dinets said:
"This study changes the way crocodiles have historically been viewed. They are typically seen as lethargic, stupid and boring but now they are known to exhibit flexible multimodal signaling, advanced parental care and highly coordinated group hunting tactics."
Which means that those 230 million years of evolution have taught them a few tricks, including how to be sneaky.

Alligators also exhibit this behavior, by the way.

"So I've always wanted to know", says Mr. Curious-About-Reptiles: "What is the difference between crocodiles and alligators?"

Crocodiles and alligators are meat-eaters who rip up their prey and swallow huge hunks of flesh, but the major differences between them are:
  • Crocodiles prefer saltwater, while alligators prefer freshwater.
  • Crocodiles have longer, pointier snouts.
  • Crocodiles have a tooth on their lower jaw that sticks up when their mouth is closed.
But if you're a bird wanting to build a home, it doesn't matter. 

Both fool you and kill you.

Cunning Crocodiles and Alligators Use Clever Lures to Hunt Prey, Science World Report>>

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