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Don’t Try This at Home!

Jambo, everybody, Mr. Nature here–with something that you should absolutely positively never try to do.

The guy in this video got away with it. But if his feet had slipped on the wet grass…

Mother alligators and crocodiles guard their nests, and some continue to guard the babies after they’ve hatched, going so far as to transfer them to a nursery pond where it’s easier to keep an eye on them. Gators do not take kindly to anyone messing with their babies.

Most reptiles don’t bother, but alligators do. It’s such a departure from standard reptilian behavior, one is tempted to conclude that gators and crocs aren’t really reptiles at all, but rather are in a class by themselves.

Anyway, gator nests and nursery ponds are good places to avoid–at all times.


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