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Climbing behaviour in extant crocodilians

Dinets, Vladimir, Britton, Adam and Shirley, Matthew (2013). Climbing behaviour in extant crocodilians. Herpetology Notes,7(1):3-7.

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Title Climbing behaviour in extant crocodilians
Author Dinets, Vladimir
Britton, Adam
Shirley, Matthew
Journal Name Herpetology Notes
Publication Date 2013
Volume Number 7
Issue Number 1
ISSN 2071-5773   (check CDU catalogue open catalogue search in new window)
Scopus ID 2-s2.0-84893037230
Start Page 3
End Page 7
Total Pages 5
Field of Research 0608 - Zoology
Abstract Although arboreality in extinct crocodilians is frequently suggested, the climbing abilities of extant crocodilians
have never been discussed in any detail in scientific literature. We present an overview of published and anecdotal information
on climbing in extant crocodilians, as well as original observations on four species representing two crocodile genera. These
data suggest that climbing behaviour is common among crocodilians and might have multiple functions. The fact that at least
some extant crocodilians are capable of climbing arboreal vegetation despite lacking any obvious morphological adaptations
for arboreality must be taken into account by paleontologists trying to elucidate behavioural clues from the morphology of
fossil taxa.
Keywords American alligator
American crocodile
Arboreality
Australian freshwater crocodile
Crocodylus
Mecistops
Nile crocodile
Slendersnouted crocodile
Additional Notes Published online 24 January 2014
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