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The intelligent alligator

Marty’s photo of the day #2679: I love alligators! Here’s a short blurb from my second book, “Endangered Edens: Exploring the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, Costa Rica, the Everglades, and Puerto Rico”:

Scientists consider crocodilians, including alligators, to be the most intelligent of the reptiles. Not only can they learn travel patterns of potential prey, but they also occasionally use sticks as tools. Sinking low in the water, a crocodilian will balance a few sticks on its snout, and when a bird flies down to grab one for nesting material—wham! The bird becomes lunch.

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