Crocodilians use lures to hunt

When your species has been around for well over 200 million years, you’re bound to have picked up a few tricks to survive. New research has emerged showing two crocodilian species – American alligators and mugger crocodiles – position sticks and twigs on their snouts in order to lure birds in for the kill. What’s even more impressive is that the prehistoric predators seem to use this technique most frequently in the spring, when birds are building their nests. It is the first ever demonstration of reptiles using tools and one of very few animals known to use objects as hunting lures, indicating crocodilians are even more cunning than we previously thought.