OK, are crocs smart as dogs though? Posted on April 14, 2023 by Anonymous OK, are crocs smart as dogs though?
In the water they are. They are also smarter than us there.
Tell me you can think straight under water, especially in the kind of waters crocodiles navigate through.
I heard they're surprisingly intelligent for reptiles but they're probably nowhere even near dogs
Hell why would they? They're not social pack hunters
They're smarter than you think but not that smart, and that is a good thing
Intelligence creates the possibility of being wrong
why smart when you can big?
no but they never really forget anything either which is a form of intelligence in its own way
they'll return to the same place at the same time of the day if they see prey there and can recognize people that have fed them in the past many years later
Inb4 that Aussie anon's anecdote of a crocodile planning to ambush a family of dogs
Personally I think it's extremely hard to quantify the intelligence of an animal so far removed from us. I've heard stories of crocodilians becoming familiar with their handlers and not attacking even when the handlers swim with them, but that's not bonding. The croc is aware that the person brings food to them, so it doesn't make sense for them to attack. But if the handler dies, then the Croc will immediately eat the body.
They're smart enough to recognise individual humans, but they'll never see us as more than food or food-bringers. A few years back there was one guy who swims with a Croc, but apparently that Croc was shot in the head once so it was basically lobotomized.
>But if the handler dies, then the Croc will immediately eat the body.
so will cats and sometimes dogs,
i think it just depends on the disposition of the animal because reptiles are generally not very social because theyre not pack animals and compete with each other individual basis, so there wasnt a need to develop a high level of agreeableness, birds on the hand did because most mate for life or stick around each other in pairs for a while, or as large flocks
>but apparently that Croc was shot in the head once so it was basically lobotomized.
That was just what the film maker who was there said based on no evidence. Chances are it was just a placid crocodile given that American crocodiles are known for being pretty calm in general
It's the kind of thing anyone that's ever handled a dead crocodile would laugh at. You could realistically shoot them dozens of times in the head and never hit the brain. It's like trying to hit a peanut in a bucket full of peanuts. If they did hit the brain it would take it out entirely because their brain is about the same size as the bullet.
i would say not, still very cool tho
hell no but theyre cute and i love them
Crocs don't need to be smart. They just need you to be dumb enough or thirsty enough to get too close to the water.
You just know
I think I know what's going on. No you can't keep it even if it followed you home.
Probably not? They have an entirely different kind of intelligence either way - solitary ambush predators tend to have very different psychologies to hyper social pack hunters.
It’s also difficult to define intelligence in general. If you were, for example, to define it by the sheer processing power of the brain then a blue whale is superior to a human more than five times over - and yet clearly less intelligent. Intelligence is very abstract and you’ll have great difficulty trying to measure it
Can it be my bro and guard me?
crocodiles dont really have a defensive instinct, but this isnt to stay he wont be your friend either, though becoming is more obtuse, because it much harder to be able to discern what theyre thinking
Don't they protect their eggs and younglings tho?
thats basic maternal instinct, theyll only protect them as eggs and for a little while as juveniles, after that theyre on their own, its not like if they recognize you and act in your best interest relative to them
Crocodiles are probably the most social of all reptiles.
tolerating proximity to each other is not the same as working together, its a case where its not worth killing each other over space on river banks