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Adam Britton
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Today we launched CrocBITE, the Worldwide Crocodilian Attack Database. It's designed as a learning, archival and research tool to hopefully help address human-crocodile conflict issues, human safety, and therefore crocodilian conservation.
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Bats are, after all, honourary crocodiles. Misunderstood, awesome, have teeth. What more needs to be said?
 
Go batty!! Impress your friends with our top 10 bat facts on International Bat Night this weekend. 
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I must say that minibat is rather cute...

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Someone spilled coffee on my crocodile
 
JULY 8, 2012

Crocodile, Australia
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Daintree River, Queensland, Australia
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Episode 10 of the CrocLog Podcast is here at last. It's worth the wait because it features an interview with the awesome Rom Whitaker. Brandon and I also discuss croc bite forces, National Park corruption, gharial and American crocodile recovery, Nile crocs biting things, and tidbits about Swimming with Crocodiles.
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They're replacing their teeth, every few weeks at first, then every few months. Each new tooth is larger, thicker, and slightly blunter than the last one. They're designed to puncture and hold, not cut, so they're much less sharp than - say - shark teeth are. But put enough force behind anything and it goes through pretty much anything.

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Have you ever wanted to know just how hard giant crocodiles can bite? Using data form the recent paper on crocodilian bite force, I calculated just how much force Lolong could put behind his bite.
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Help our good friend and all-round awesome cameraman/producer David Wright's new documentary about climate change "An Uncertain Future" get made, even if it's just by spreading the word. If you want to see how awesome it will be, go and watch "Bearwalker of the Northwoods".
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Two new CrocLog Podcast episodes in one week. Episode 12 interviews Subir Chowfin about gharial conservation in Corbett Tiger Reserve, India. http://t.co/wH6w3sTo

Episode 13 chats with Python Hunter Shawn Heflick about Christmas Croc Fest 2012, raising funds for the Critically Endangered Orinoco crocodile in Colombia. http://t.co/Ks30QgGp
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Tomorrow night on 60 Minutes Australia (Sunday 8pm EST Ch. Nine) we go diving with Nile crocodiles in the name of science. Here's a blog post with all the details and links. Join me for a web chat after the show on the 60 Minutes Nine website.
Yes, that's me sneaking up on the tail of a nearly 4.5 m Nile crocodile (Crocodylus niloticus) in the Okavango Delta recently [photo credit Brad Bestelink, Natural History Film Unit]. We called this c...
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Wow, crazy to dive with Crocs!

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A quick update on Lolong, and some good news on why it's all worth doing.
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Congratulations, Lolong! May he grow long(er) and prosper.

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NASA's State of Flux website is a stark visual lesson on the impact we're having on our home.
Each week our State of Flux gallery features images of different locations on planet Earth, showing change over time periods ranging from centuries to days. Some of these effects are related to climat...
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Finally published! Been waiting for this to appear for the last 10 years, but great work guys. But you can get even higher bite forces out of C. porosus. ;)

You can read the news article below, or the actual paper which is free to access at PLoSone here: http://www.plosone.org/article/info%3Adoi%2F10.1371%2Fjournal.pone.0031781
In an evolutionary twist, a study has found that the shape of crocodilian muzzles has no effect on bite force.
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My input into this was limited Ryan, I was mostly responsible for inviting Greg over to Darwin to measure saltwater and freshwater croc bites, then caught some for them to measure. I'd previously measured saltie bite force using a much simpler bite meter that I designed, so I was keen for Greg to use his device on some big salties. I actually got almost the same result as Greg which was reassuring (mine cost a lot less!). But bigger salties can certainly bite harder than the figure quoted in the paper. Size scaling can be very misleading, so comparisons to the much bigger T. rex are somewhat silly. Sarcosuchus (40 ft long) could seriously out-bite T. rex though.
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    Crocodile Specialist, 2006 - present
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I'm a crocodile specialist based in Darwin, Australia. I run the consultancy Big Gecko with my wife Erin. We do a variety of consultancy work (population management primarily), research (ecology and behaviour), training for rangers and indigenous communities, and a lot of film and television work. We have two dogs and five crocodiles, and we try to ensure they never meet.
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Bristol - Leeds - Hong Kong - Wakefield