According to a recent study published in late November in the journal of Ethology Ecology & Evolution, alligators and crocodiles use tools to aid in their hunting prowess.
LiveScience.com reported on the research that concluded the reptiles are using sticks and branches, needed for bird nest building, to attract and eventually capture a tasty meal.
The move has been used by mugger crocodiles (also known as marsh crocodiles) in India, as well as American alligators found in Louisiana swamps. Vladimir Dinets, a behavioral ecologist at the University of Tennessee Knoxville and co-author of the study, said that the tools were used only during nesting seasons, and only in locations with ample nesting bird populations.
Since there’s usually a shortage of sticks and other nesting materials, the ploy has been rather successful in the specimens studied, said Dinets. No other logical explanation could be determined
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Featured image via Vladimir Dinets et al / Ethology Ecology and Evolution.