I always thought the strangest thing about crocodiles is how they always look like they’re up to something sneak, or like they know something you don’t.
But it turns out I was wrong! There’s something even weirder.
It’s not their scales, webbed toes, or long sharp teeth (though, if you think about, those are all pretty weird too). No…
It’s the sound they make as babies. Oddly specific? Sure, but trust me – you’ll want to hear this for yourself.
This man at the Dragonwood Conservancy in Florida has gathered about 15 little Cuban crocodiles in a small pool. As soon as he enters the room, the little monsters all swim eagerly towards him and his camera.
They’re trying to communicate with their little shouts. Kind of like a chirping, yet grunt-like sound. If you need the perfect comparison… try to recall the vintage video game Galaga.
That’s the one – where you had to shoot space guns at weird space bugs. The game you didn’t even realize you’d forgotten about until this very moment. The game you’re probably nostalgic about and dying to play again after seeing this image. Sorry about that.
Those “pew pew pew” noises that suit the pixelated space guns, are exactly what a group of baby crocodiles sound like.
A fact that I didn’t need to know, but am definitely happy I know.
Their adorable little cries are actually audible before they’ve even hatched. They usually start shouting for their moms when they’re ready to hatch, to help her find them to dig them up.
So if it ever sounds like there’s a game of Galaga going on beneath the beach, you should probably run because a mama croc will be just around the corner!
They love their care taker and are happy to climb up his hand when he extends it down to them. They almost look like some kind of slimey dog, wagging their little tails, their eyes full of love.
Not so scary when they’re this small!
Apparently, these cute little dinosaurs think Brad is their mom!
Apparently, he dressed up like a crocodile once and that’s all it took for them to think of him as mama. “Wearing what exactly?” – you may ask. Unfortunately I don’t know either. Maybe one of those inflatable T-rex suits would do the trick.
One brave little guy comes straight up and crawls into his hand. And then another, and another. He’s loving the attention and starts speaking to them.
“You’re a sweetheart. So precious.”
And while I never thought I’d consider a crocodile “precious”… I have to say I agree with him.
the Florida Everglades is unique region because it’s the only place in the world where you can actually find alligators and crocodiles living together. A pretty cool place to be for a reptile lover like Brad!
But how can you tell them apart? There’s one very easy rule to remember.
— Bad Dad Jokes (@baddadjokes) April 24, 2015
But if that method doesn’t work, or you don’t want to say goodbye at all, you can usually look at their habitat. Alligators mostly keep to freshwater swamps in The States, South America, and China. But crocodiles can live in a wider variety of climates. They’re found all over the world, across Africa, North America, South America and Asia.
But if you see either of them in The Arctic… you should be very concerned. That’s almost definitely a mutant.
Watch the video below to hear the hilarious baby crocs coo to their human male ‘mother’.
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