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Mon Mar 11, 2019, 08:45 PM

Orange crocodiles that swim in bat poop are turning into a new species


A very special kind of crocodile calls the Abanda caves in Gabon, Africa, home. The creatures are African dwarf crocodiles, but they might not be for very much longer, because their isolated habitat has prompted a shift in their genetics. Scientists recently conducted some testing on the animals and now believe they will eventually become an entirely separate species, but thatís not even the weirdest thing about them.

The cave-dwelling crocodiles also look dramatically different than the African dwarf crocodiles that reside above ground. Rather than a muddy brown, theyíre a mix of tan and orange, and they owe their unusual coloring to their habit of swimming around in bat poop all day. Yeah, this is going to get kinda gross.

The crocodiles donít swim in bat poop ó well, technically itís bat guano, which is the technical name for bat excrement, but you get the idea ó for fun. The crocs that call the caves home actually eat the bats that live inside, and with tens of thousands of bats in the cave thereís plenty to munch on. With all those bats hanging around, their poop piles up rapidly and has turned the floor of the caves into a watery mixture that resembles liquid mud.

The makeup of the sludge is actually tanning the skin of crocodiles who swim in it, causing them to become orange and yellow. However, itís not their bizarre poop-swimming habits that are causing them to turn into a new species, itís the isolation itself.
https://bgr.com/2018/01/31/orange-crocodile-gabon-africa-bat-poop/amp/?fbclid=IwAR0AzNogN8wTyyxqT5tg9-Z8PD55kMpfTvuKLvzLN6cBVvIMXXb8-mph2vA

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Response to Baitball Blogger (Original post)

Mon Mar 11, 2019, 08:50 PM

1. The coloring on the doodoodials is sorta nice. Too bad it requires taking a dip in batpoo.

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Response to Baitball Blogger (Original post)

Mon Mar 11, 2019, 08:53 PM

2. I thought this was going to be about Trump!

Seriously!

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Response to Dem2theMax (Reply #2)

Mon Mar 11, 2019, 09:18 PM

6. Is that why his hair is orange?

Using bat Dipity-Doo?

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Response to Yo_Mama_Been_Loggin (Reply #6)

Mon Mar 11, 2019, 10:58 PM

7. It's as good a reason as any other!

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Response to Dem2theMax (Reply #2)

Tue Mar 12, 2019, 11:49 AM

10. He is a crock of guano, of course.

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Response to Baitball Blogger (Original post)

Mon Mar 11, 2019, 08:55 PM

3. Oh my



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Response to Baitball Blogger (Original post)

Mon Mar 11, 2019, 09:15 PM

4. Best headline ever,

lol

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Response to Baitball Blogger (Original post)

Mon Mar 11, 2019, 09:16 PM

5. This story is bat shit crazy.



Interesting story, however I couldnít resist the pun.

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Response to Baitball Blogger (Original post)

Mon Mar 11, 2019, 11:15 PM

8. "Shift in genetics"? Riiiight. Sounds like a croc if you ask me.

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