By: Shea Winpigler
Leisure and happiness? This is far from usual crocodile demeanor, isn't it?
Contrary to popular belief, crocodilians are quite the playful bunch: crocodiles, alligators and caimans. The three species piggyback their mates frequently from place to place like the two above.
According to an article in National Geographic, they also blow bubbles, play with flowers and snap up stream, which are only a few of the 15 playful behaviors zoologist Vladimir Dinet observed over his 3,000 plus hours of research.
The zoologist is the forerunner on crocodilian play research, observing how crocodiles engage for enjoyment. Not that any other scientist hasn't ever noticed that crocodiles play, but Dinet is the first person to actually write about it. His published piece is titled, quite rightly, "Play Behavior in Crocodilians."