Feb 12, 2014 8:52 AM by Stephen Bowers
New research finds crocodiles -- and their cousins, American Alligators -- can climb trees. They can even reach the high branches. NBC News says four species of crocs on three different continents show this behavior. Researchers say their ability to climb may help the cold-blooded animals regulate body temperature and survey their habitat.
This picture of an American Alligator four to six feet above the water was taken on Mississippi on the Pearl River.
Research on the crocodile family's ability to climb started after reports from Mexico, Colombia, Indonesia, and other areas of the world described the animals basking high in trees.