sometimes i need to write
#yay i say stuff sometimes
#i used to be a better writer i swear
i am a pathetic little creature
and soon i will be leaving my little warm hearth
to be overwhelmed
i want to adventure but even trying makes me feel kind of silly
like i am a small thing among many bigger things
a small thing which becomes further and further insignificant
and i have the same outlook on life no matter how i feel
but when i am happy it comforts me and when i am sad it squashes me
i am easily squashed into submission
i love furry creatures because of the simplicity
there are no preconceptions and no secrecy
they understand wanting only the barest comforts
love, shelter, love
i crave solitude
but there is solitude
and then there is loneliness
and nothing is worse than feeling completely alone
like no one else is sitting in their own little space feeling the same claustrophobia and yet the same kind of unwillingness
to break away from it
i am not afraid of anything
Tool use in crocodylians: crocodiles and alligators use sticks as lures to attract waterbirds
In recent years it has – I really, really hope – become better known that non-bird reptiles (turtles, lizards, snakes, crocodiles, alligators and so on) are not boring dullards, but behaviourally complex creatures that get up to all sorts of interesting things. Play behaviour, complex social interactions, gaze recognition, pair-bonding and monogamy, social hunting, speedy learning abilities and good memories have all been demonstrated across these groups. And another interesting and unexpected bit of complex behaviour has just been published. It’s so interesting that I feel compelled to write about it today. It concerns what seems to be tool use in crocodiles and alligators.
As described by Dinets et al. (2013), Mugger crocodiles Crocodylus palustris in India and American alligators Alligator mississippiensis in the USA have both been observed to lie, partially submerged, beneath egret and heron colonies with sticks balanced across their snouts. Birds approach to collect the sticks for use in nest building and… well, let’s just say that it doesn’t end well for the birds. If the crocodylians really are using the sticks as bait to attract their bird prey, this is tool use, since the sticks are objects that are being employed for a specific function.
Using objects as hunting lures is very rare in nature, having been observed in just a handful of species. We report the use of twigs and sticks as bird lures by two crocodilian species. At least one of them uses this method predominantly during the nest-building season of its prey. This is the first known case of a predator not just using objects as lures, but also taking into account the seasonality of prey behavior. It provides a surprising insight into previously unrecognized complexity of archosaurian behavior.
Dinets, V., Brueggen, J. C. & Brueggen, J. D. 2013. Crocodilians use tools for hunting.Ethology Ecology & Evolution in press doi.org/10.1080/03949370.2013.858276 (x)
The reptile intelligence feels don’t stop today. Please don’t let them stop forever.
these fuckers haven’t been around for bajillions of years for nothing
now i’m just more scared of them
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