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Crocodilians have a surprising maternal instinct

They may have a reputation of being bloodthirsty animals, but crocodiles are actually loving mothers. 🐊💕

Yes, crocodiles are good mothers

Despite their reputation of being bloodthirsty animals driven by their primal instincts, crocodilians are distinguished from other reptiles by their maternal care. First of all, the females build a nest to shelter their eggs: some species dig a hole and others construct a mound out of vegetation and soil. During the incubation period, the female will keep guard to protect her little ones. Staying close to her eggs during several months, depending on the species, she won’t hesitate to attack any potential threat. In the case of Nile crocodiles, females have been seen entering a trance-like state, staying motionless near the eggs, occasionally moving to cool off.

When it comes time to hatch, the babies will emit sound from inside the egg. This sound signals the mother, who will dig out the eggs and sometimes even help the hatching by fracturing the shell with her jaws. Once the eggs have hatched, alligators and crocodiles have a surprising behavior. If the nest is far from water, the female will carry her offspring in her mouth. She can carry a large number of them thanks to an extendable pouch located in her throat. The aim of this manoeuvre: to bring the hatchlings to the nearest water source. For several months, they will stay close to their mother, who will protect them, before their dispersal once they have reached maturity.

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01/13/2020 5:00 PM
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115 comments

  • Hamada S.
    03/05/2020 17:43

    سبحان الله

  • Hamza A.
    03/01/2020 03:44

    They are preparing their food by doing all these chores

  • Joven A.
    03/01/2020 01:56

    Dami nyan sa ibat ibang ahensya ng gobyerno ibang species nga lang yung bang laging dupang at gutom.

  • Thsin U.
    03/01/2020 01:46

    Living place of her baby so danger..hhhhh

  • Marvee L.
    03/01/2020 01:40

    Who made that word blood thirsty. It just made the croc sound born to be evil LMAO

  • Ibuprofen D.
    03/01/2020 01:40

    When they reached maturity they will run for congress or senate😂😂✌✌

  • Castrogilo C.
    02/29/2020 23:40

    https://youtu.be/BUo3kEID87M

  • Geibert A.
    02/29/2020 23:12

    Mucha gente quiere resaltar haciendo burlas de otros

  • Robby B.
    02/29/2020 23:07

    Mummy dearest

  • Berra B.
    02/29/2020 22:46

    Timsah bile yavrusunu koruyo

  • Hela J.
    02/29/2020 22:28

    ritou tfakertek hhhhhh

  • Engin D.
    02/29/2020 22:21

    Cok sevimli masallah allah analı babalı büyütsün darısı benim basima 😎

  • Amparo R.
    02/29/2020 21:43

    Son mejores padres qué muchas mujeres

  • Marly C.
    02/29/2020 20:44

    El amor 😍 de mamá 🤩

  • جنات ا.
    02/29/2020 20:39

    سبحان الله

  • Fayaz A.
    02/29/2020 19:39

    Every mother is good mother.

  • Maria P.
    02/29/2020 19:17

    Hermosa

  • Bipasa M.
    02/29/2020 19:07

    🥰🥰🥰

  • Abrar J.
    02/29/2020 18:51

    Apart from the fact that there are numerous instances where they forget where they even laid the eggs at the first place. Common woth corcs.

  • Abrar J.
    02/29/2020 18:50

    Apart from the fact that there are numerous instances where they forget where they even laid the eggs at the first place. Common woth corcs.