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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

215 comments

  • Elizabeth S.
    01/05/2021 04:51

    Awesome AWESOME

  • Fran E.
    12/31/2020 12:40

    Why do they always look like they have a sadistic grin 😀........ouch 😂

  • Mahabuba S.
    12/23/2020 03:29

    https://youtu.be/kOWnCicoKDU

  • Marina P.
    11/23/2020 08:22

    Wow đŸ€© I thank you â€ïžđŸ™đŸ™đŸ™

  • Nurdiansyah A.
    10/20/2020 03:08

    https://youtu.be/RSejIHnw1D4

  • Tiona L.
    10/19/2020 08:44

    Why surprising? They are not evil monstersđŸ€·đŸŸâ€â™€ïž

  • Ledyana A.
    10/17/2020 12:29

    Ganas pun boleh jadi penyayang đŸ„°

  • Doreen E.
    10/14/2020 19:09

    I will take your word for it 😆 đŸ€Ł 😂

  • Lydia D.
    10/13/2020 05:55

    What a croc!

  • Suad H.
    10/05/2020 12:34

    Good mothers is why they have survived since the time of dinosaurs đŸ‘â€ïž

  • Yvonne W.
    09/30/2020 16:35

    Beautiful ❀

  • Vanessa G.
    09/29/2020 15:30

    😍😍😍😍😍

  • Lilly F.
    09/25/2020 17:12

    They aren’t monsters no animals are it’s there nature to protect any threat what they were born to do humans are monsters period

  • Ron A.
    09/25/2020 16:07

    I don't think not all crocodiles like this. I watched National Geographic before and I knew they eat even baby crocs

  • Alexandru B.
    09/25/2020 08:46

    For stupid people who know nothing about crocodiles :)) Crocodiles carry their young into the water in their own mouth.

  • Malik M.
    09/24/2020 17:54

    One thing we cant take away from animals and humans is their motherly love for thier kids that's one thing we cant take away or lie about

  • Heather D.
    09/23/2020 18:26

    Who knewđŸ˜±đŸ˜±đŸ˜±

  • Luis R.
    09/23/2020 09:09

    especially in the philippines, where political crocodiles make dynasties and practice nepotism

  • Gloria B.
    09/20/2020 21:22

    YEs , they are ♄

  • Cushla K.
    09/03/2020 18:16

    Super Super Amazing 😍

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