While on safari in northeastern South Africa, a retired couple witnessed a harrowing scene involving a crocodile and a rather unfortunate wildebeest. But just when things appeared most grim for the reptile’s next meal, something completely unexpected happened.
Sleeping with only half your brain sounds like a great way to become a zombie in no time, but for certain marine mammals and birds, it’s a way of life. A new study suggests that crocodiles, too, may be “unihemispheric” sleepers, a finding which makes humans and other full-brain snoozers look more and more like…
A diverse clan of fearsome crocodilians once roamed the entire planet. Today, only 23 species remain in a handful of locales worldwide. We’ve all heard tales of the giant asteroid that did in the dinosaurs, but the demise of the crocodilians was far less dramatic. The crocs were picked off quietly, as our planet…
Man. These crocs come out of nowhere and attack with such a quickness that you don’t even know what’s happening until you’re already clamped down inside the terrifying and unrelenting jaws of the crocodile. National Geographic made some flotation devices that held cameras to capture exactly what it’s like to get…
Come on, man. Is this even allowed? How is it fair that crocodiles can just shoot up—like, completely mother effing vertical—out of the water like this? I’m totally okay with them swim lurking and then chomping down on the surface of the water or the shore but this is just not right. This guy is basically flying, he’s…
When they live in zoos, Mugger crocodiles happily mate and lay eggs. Maybe a little too happily: when they produce two clutches of 25 to 30 eggs each year, a zoo is quickly going be swamped by little croc babies. And rampant habitat loss means that there are fewer places to return them to the wild. What zoos need is…
The original footage of this battle between bats and crocodiles is already insane, as the crocs lurk in the water and chomp at the flying bats. But adding lasers to the crocs and fire bombs to the bats makes it even crazier. The warfare is like imagining a future where animals could use weapons.
In the 1970s, cosmonaut Vladimir Shatalov was given a couple of crocodiles by Fidel Castro. The pair (named Castro and Hillary) spent time in Moscow before ending up at Stockholm’s Skansen Zoo. This week, ten young descendants of the original crocs returned to Cuba, where they’ll be released back into the wild.
The fearsome "Carolina Butcher" isn't a legendary serial killer. It's a 9-foot-long ancestral crocodile that stomped about the southeastern U.S. during the Late Triassic, eating smaller armored reptiles and competing with dinosaurs for top-predator status. Oh, and it walked on its hind legs.
Animals living in the wild can't let their guard down for a single second lest they become a quick meal. Case in point: this bird who chose a rather regrettable place to go foraging. Warning: This video isn't particularly graphic, but it is rather sad.
Schneider's Smooth-fronted Caiman is the world's second smallest crocodile — a fact which comes in handy in it's frequent attempts at hiding, both on land and in the water. Check out more after the jump.
Different crocodiles have different calls to signal everything from distress to dinnertime. But for sheer vocalization lifespan, it's hard to beat the New Guinea Crocodile, whose lifelong habit of chattering begins while they're still in the egg.
With their powerful jaws and their ability to grow up to 10 feet long, this South Asian crocodile looks like a powerful hunter. But its not just their size or their teeth that makes their hunting style so successful. It's their strategy. They're using tools.
The Cuban Crocodile is a critically endangered species. What's threatening it? A history of hunting, habitat destruction, and, increasingly, the rise of a new group of crocodile hybrids, resulting from interbreeding with another crocodile species. The full story is after the jump.
When you come across a paper on "alligator kinematics," it's time to pay attention. Somewhere, at some time, a scientist wanted to find out deep secrets of evolution and decided the best way to do it was putting an alligator on a treadmill.
Like most creatures, hippos do not fancy being followed around by humans as they poop. But a robot boat carefully disguised as a crocodile? Why not.
If you've ever wondered why impala can leap nine feet into the air, these amazing images captured by amateur photographer Rob Brookes will explain it in the clearest — and most dramatic — way possible.
A mass extinction that occurred over 200 million years ago killed off a slew of huge predators, including hefty beasts that looked like crocodiles and enormous armadillos, according to new research.
Introducing Tyrannoneustes lythrodectikos, a marine super-predator that lived over 163 million years ago. It looks like a cross between a dolphin and a crocodile — and for good reason. Scientists say it's a transitional species that separated marine crocodiles from their larger, more fearsome relatives.