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Crocodiles And Alligators Are Actually Sensitive Creatures
2012-11-08 14:12:17

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Crocodiles and alligators are well-known for being cold-blooded and having thick skin, but new research from a pair of Vanderbilt University scientists has shown that the ancient reptiles can be quite sensitive. More specifically, the scientists demonstrated that these reptilian predators have small pigmented domes that dot their skin-- conveying a sense of touch is even more responsive than that of humans, according to the pair´s...

Image 1 - Large Ancient Crocs Could Have Swallowed Humans Whole
2012-05-08 07:53:58

East African giant crocodiles that lived between two and four million years ago were large enough to swallow an entire human, according to a new study led by University of Iowa researchers. The fossil of one specimen measured 27 feet long, far larger than any known to date. Scientists first believed it may have been an ancestor of today´s Nile crocodile, but analysis shows otherwise, said lead author Christopher A. Brochu, a vertebrate paleontologist at UoI. “It´s the...

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2010-06-28 12:49:38

Borneo wildlife officials are pushing to have the country's saltwater crocodiles removed from a list of endangered animals, saying that the reptile's numbers have strongly recovered in the last few years. Deputy directory of the Sabah Wildlife Department, Augustin Tuuga, told AFP that the Crocodylus population is at about 11,000 to 15,000 in the state compared to 1,000 to 5,000 two decades ago. "We are pushing to have the crocodile downgraded from the 'endangered' to the 'not necessarily...

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2010-02-03 08:05:00

A 60-million-year-old relative of crocodiles described this week by University of Florida researchers in the Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology was likely a food source for Titanoboa, the largest snake the world has ever known. Working with scientists from the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute in Panama, paleontologists from the Florida Museum of Natural History on the UF campus found fossils of the new species of ancient crocodile in the Cerrejon Formation in northern Colombia. The...

2009-04-04 20:22:42

An unprecedented operation has failed to save the life of an American crocodile that was hit by a car three months ago in the Florida Keys. The crocodile, nicknamed RoboCroc after a veterinarian attached four metal rods to his skull, was found dead Thursday morning at MetroZoo in Miami, The Miami Herald reported Saturday. It survived the surgery by two weeks. When the American crocodile was discovered in March, it had not eaten for three months after being hit in December. The animal was weak...

2009-03-04 10:39:03

Florida wildlife researchers are taping magnets to the heads of crocodiles removed from residential areas to try to keep the crocs from returning. They want to see if the magnets, removed just before the crocodiles are released into the wild, will help short-circuit homing instincts that allow the reptiles to follow the earth's magnetic fields right back to the suburbs in which they were trapped, the Miami Herald reported Wednesday. Lindsey Hord, a biologist with the Florida Fish &...

2008-11-26 12:32:59

An Australian man said he and his wife got a major surprise when they found a crocodile taking up residence in their backyard pool. Steve Sanderson said immediately after his wife, Karen, jumped into their saltwater pool this week, he noticed a crocodile hanging out at the pool's bottom, the Northern Territory News said in its Wednesday edition. "He was obviously a croc -- you could see his teeth hanging out the side of his mouth when he had it shut,'' Sanderson said. Sanderson said his wife...

2008-10-03 18:00:02

By KRISTEN GELINEAU SYDNEY, Australia - A 7-year-old boy broke into a popular Outback zoo, fed a string of animals to the resident crocodile and bashed several lizards to death with a rock, the zoo's director said today. The 30-minute rampage, caught on the zoo's security camera, happened early Wednesday after the boy jumped a security fence at the Alice Springs Reptile Center in central Australia, said zoo director Rex Neindorf. The child then went on a killing spree, bashing three...

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2008-10-03 12:05:00

A 7-year-old boy allegedly broke into a reptile farm in Australia and fed 10 live reptiles that were the farm's main exhibits to the resident crocodile. Police said they couldn't file any charges against the boy, who also allegedly bludgeoned three lizards to death in their pens, The Australian reported Friday. Security camera footage reportedly captured the youngster's 35-minute rampage through the Alice Springs Reptile Center in Australia's Northern Territory Wednesday. Center Director...

2008-07-06 12:00:14

The Emmy-winning 9-year-old daughter of the late "Crocodile Hunter" Steve Irwin is getting her own doll. The 10-inch Bindi Irwin doll will cost $15 to $20, with a portion going to help fund efforts to breed endangered species and rescue animals. They are expected to be in stores in September. (c) 2008 Deseret News (Salt Lake City). Provided by ProQuest Information and Learning. All rights Reserved.


Word of the Day
abrosia
  • Wasting away as a result of abstinence from food.
The word 'abrosia' comes from a Greek roots meaning 'not' and 'eating'.