Wednesday, September 3, 2014

An egg roll

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For ABC Wednesday,  H is for head.

This is the skull of a Nile crocodile, displayed at the Negev Zoo.

You'll never guess what this croc does with its big mouth!
National Geographic tells us --
 One unusual characteristic of this fearsome predator is its caring nature as a parent. Where most reptiles lay their eggs and move on, mother and father Nile crocs ferociously guard their nests until the eggs hatch, and they will often roll the eggs gently in their mouths to help hatching babies emerge.
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(Linking to Camera Critters.)
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17 comments:

Nadege said...

Ferocious on the outside but with some moments of tenderness inside!

William Kendall said...

Quite a formidable specimen, and I have heard they're exceptionally good parents.

Hels said...

I don't like reptiles very much. But I am pleased to see that a mother's (and father's) role never ends, wherever in the world the parent is.

Cloudia said...

Fierce to strangers, gentle to family. Preferable to the opposite!



ALOHA from Honolulu
ComfortSpiral
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Uppal said...

THE INFO THAT CROCS THOUGH FEROCIOUS PREDATORS ARE TENDER PARENTS IS A PLEASANT SURPRISE.

Vidhya Rao - Paint My Word said...

I recently learnt how crocs are such caring parents while I was watching wildkrats with my son. Amazing creatures, surprises us.

Pheno Menon said...

thats HUGE

PhenoMenon, ABC Wednesday
http://phenomenal-cuisines.throodalookingglass.com/2014/09/panna-cotta-with-an-indian-twist/

Karl Demetz said...

Oh, nice... so displayed at the Negev Zoo.

Birdman said...

I ain't sticking around THAT mouth to testify.

VP said...

Not interested, I would like to shoot the beast on sight...

Reader Wil said...

Amazing that such a monster can harbour caring feelings for its offspring.

Cristina Pop said...

Great but scarry shot!

José Mendonça said...

Do you know crocodiles are extinct on the Nile in Egypt? You can only find them south of the Assuam Dam, in Sudan.

Roger Owen Green said...

How (oddly) sweet.
ROG, ABCW

Pat said...

Fascinating!

maryaustria said...

Gorgeous post! And I learned something new! :)

Kay said...

Roll the eggs in their mouth? I'll bet that would be a wonderful sight to see.