Monday, June 22, 2009

Croc talk

Crocodiles and alligators communicate. Dig the "Courtship Bellow" of the alligator mississippiensis, which is similar to the courtship bellow heard in any college bar after 12 a.m.

Here is the page with links to all sorts of reptilian communiqu├ęs.

An Australian saltwater croc or "salty" can grow to 20 feet long and weight over a ton. Who said there's no such thing as dragons?

Crocs always look like they're smiling to me.

Alligators have been around for about 75 million years. Crocs have been around for some 210 million years, so I guess the crocs win.

I have eaten alligator. I have never eaten crocodile. I hope no alligator or crocodile ever eats an Erin.

6 comments:

Sean Craven said...

Here are a few other crocodylian thoughts for you...

Crocs are more closely related to birds than they are to lizards.

The ancestors of today's crocs were upright animals who had four-chambered hearts and may well have been warm-blooded to some degree.

And the really big crocs -- Stomatosuchus, Deinosuchus, Sarchosuchus, the Purusaurs -- left fossils indicating that they grew to between forty and fifty feet.

I'll stop there -- I could go on all day long. Three cheers for archosaurs...

Earl Tesch said...

More croc/gator little known facts...

Crocs are prone to episodes of diminished self respect and have "image" issues.

Aligators will only eat right handed meat.

Both crocodiles and alligators were disappointed by the Soprano's finale until an Egyptian Plover explained the subtle clues and religious images in the diner in the final scene.

Erin O'Brien said...

aha! Sean know croc!

You know Tesch, there's a lot of very sensitive crocs out there who might not appreciate you grouping them into one big disappointed-by-the-Soprano's ending lump.

Zen Wizard said...

There was a song in the Fifties called, "Alligator Wine."

I don't want to know what that tastes like...

I bought a bunch of alligator heads in NO. So far the score is Zen 5; Gators 0.

Let's just stop the game at this score, sayeth I.

Whitenoise said...

Alligator pie,
Alligator pie,
if I don't get some-
think I'm gonna die

LimesNow said...

Reality check: a 'gator can run as fast as a horse for short distances and they're out loose on the hoof in the Ding Darling Preserve on Sanibel Island. Your choices are to walk, cycle, canoe or drive through the preserve. Eeny, meeny, miney, mo . . .