drop croc

The Drop Croc

Not another Fearsome Critt er, the drop croc is a real thing!  (Or was, having become extinct in the Pleistocene.)  

The drop croc is, just as you might expect from the name, an arboreal species of crocodile which "may have attacked prey by climbing trees and dropping on them."

Today there are only three families of crocodilians: crocodiles, alligators, and gharial.  But the Eocene was an era with expansive growth in the crocodilian line, which expanded to fill the ecological niches left behind by the sudden absence of the dinosaurs.  

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