Climbing behaviour in extant crocodilians

Vladimir Dinets, Adam Britton, Matthew Shirley

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    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.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)3-7
    Number of pages5
    JournalHerpetology Notes
    Volume7
    Issue number1
    Publication statusPublished - 25 Jan 2014

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    Dinets, V., Britton, A., & Shirley, M. (2014). Climbing behaviour in extant crocodilians. Herpetology Notes, 7(1), 3-7.