Wait, WHAT?!: Crocodiles Can Climb Trees

February 14, 2014


Despite very little photographic evidence or reports of crocodile attacks from above, a recent study conducted by researchers at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, confirms some species of crocodiles can actually climb trees at least to the crown (the part where branches and leaves start growing). Holy shit, cancel my swamp boat tour.

Vladimir Dinets, a research assistant professor in the Department of Psychology, is the first to thoroughly study the tree-climbing and -basking behavior.

Dinets and his colleagues observed crocodilian species on three continents -- Australia, Africa and North America -- and examined previous studies and anecdotal observations. They found that four species climbed trees -- usually above water -- but how far they ventured upward and outward varied by their sizes. The smaller crocodilians were able to climb higher and further than the larger ones. Some species were observed climbing as far as four meters high in a tree and five meters down a branch.

Did you read that? They observed crocs as high as 4-meters (13-feet) and 5-meters (16-feet) down a branch! Imagine looking up to see one of those f***ers about to dive-bomb you with its jaws open. I smell a new Sci-Fy channel original movie coming. I''m thinking Spidercano, the grisly tale of a volcano that erupts hellfire spiders everywhere. "What's that have to do with crocodiles?" Who said anything about crocodiles? "This is an article about crocodiles." Haha, no -- this is an article about whatever I want it to be about. So, back to Spidercano. I'm thinking the tagline should be like, 'Pompei doesn't have shit on this motherf***er.' Yeah and, wait -- why aren't you writing this down?

Thanks to Mycropht, who agrees when the study comes out that snakes can climb trees it's time to leave this planet. "Snakes can climb trees." What! Blastoff in 5...4...3...

  • MustacheHam

    And just like that SyFy will be inspired to make another awful film -- about deadly tree crocs that are somehow also part cyborg and chimpanzee.

  • disqus_k2QxOV9H7Z

    Samuel L Jackson need some motherfucking guns to kill some motherfucking crocodiles on this motherfucking tree!

  • Chaz Gomez

    Nope... I've seen this myself. I lived in Florida and saw a 7' gator scale a 6' wood fence. It used its tail to help push itself up and over. The neighbors had small dogs and would keep them in their screened-in back patio. They're constant yapping would get the gator's attention... But these things are to be expected when you live in swampy town called Land O Lakes...

  • Tyguy

    Oh please! Isn't this kind of a stretch? It crawled up a "ramp" of sticks. Show me a croc climbing an aspen tree, then we'll talk. C'mon people

  • Guest

    they can also jump almost their whole bodylength straight up out of sufficiently deep water, less when older more when younger because of weight

  • Tyguy

    Yep...body length....(this does NOT include the tail)

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