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Trilophosuchus by HodariNundu Trilophosuchus by HodariNundu
Trilophosuchus fue un cocodrilo de hasta 2 metros que vivió en Australia durante el Mioceno temprano y medio. Pertenecia al grupo de los mekosuquinos, que ya no estaban ligados a un habitat acuatico.
El Trilophosuchus supuestamente cazaba trepandose a los arboles y luego saltando sobre los animales que pasaban por debajo, tal como hacen hoy los leopardos de cuando en cuando.

Trilophosuchus was a crocodile, up to 2 meters long, that lived in Australia during the Early and Middle Miocene. It was a member of the mekosuchine family, crocodiles that were no longer limited to an aquatic habitat.
Trilophosuchus supossedly hunted by climbing trees and then leaping on any animal that passed below, the way leopards do sometimes.
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:icontarbosaurusbatar:
TarbosaurusBatar Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
 Since modern crocs can climb trees, I can see this little land croc do that too.
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brendanboa Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2014
Dwarf crocodiles can climb partway up trees to bask or find food in the wild sometimes. Well, they are smaller and more terrestrial than other crocodilians.
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Bestiarius Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2014
After all, this idea that Trilophosuchus climbed trees is totally speculative, even more so that it leaped on its prey, there is no indication for this. In fact this wouldnīt even be a normal behavior for leopards.
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:iconhodarinundu:
HodariNundu Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2014   General Artist
There's plenty of photos and video of leopards doing just that.
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:iconbestiarius:
Bestiarius Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2014
I didnīt say this never happens, but in many cases leopards attack their prey from the ground. But the main issue is, that there is NO indication that Trilophosuchus did this ever. Like so many other ideas about the behavior of prehistoric animals, this one became comparably wide-spread, perhaps also because thereīs not much more information about this highly obscure species at all, and because it just sounds cool.
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:iconhodarinundu:
HodariNundu Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2014   General Artist
Yep, cool factor.
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:iconbiomanzilla:
biomanzilla Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2013
If it climbed trees, I'd imagine it would have longer legs, a broader tail, a more rounded skull, and other non aquatic features. I'm not really complaining, but I have a terrible habit of nitpicking needless details.
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:iconhodarinundu:
HodariNundu Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2013   General Artist
Give me a break, I drew this ages ago
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:icondeinonychusempire:
DeinonychusEmpire Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
An arboreal crocodile? Sweet.
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:icontobi1480:
tobi1480 Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
A big fat croc climbin' trees!
Impossible!
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:iconponchofirewalker01:
PonchoFirewalker01 Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2011
A big fat porcupine can climb trees :shrug:
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:icontobi1480:
tobi1480 Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
That makes it no less crazy!
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:iconponchofirewalker01:
PonchoFirewalker01 Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2011
Yeah, but it's just a theory :)

Would make a sci-fi idea though, don't you think?
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:icontobi1480:
tobi1480 Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
DUDE. That would be plain terrifying. Especially if you can convince like Spielburg/King and/or Burton to direct/write it.
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:iconponchofirewalker01:
PonchoFirewalker01 Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2011
Yeah, or on a island that's filled with every sort of crocodile that has ever existed, especially Kaprosuchus [link]
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:icontobi1480:
tobi1480 Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Like a Lost World?
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:iconponchofirewalker01:
PonchoFirewalker01 Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2011
That or a Isla Sorna
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:iconponchofirewalker01:
PonchoFirewalker01 Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2010
A tree-dwelling crocodile, creepy :wow:

But how do they know that it can climb trees?
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:iconhodarinundu:
HodariNundu Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2010   General Artist
I guess they don`t know, its just a theory. But its a cool theory :)
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:iconponchofirewalker01:
PonchoFirewalker01 Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2010
But what kind of traits and body stuff makes them think that? Don't you think that they should point out the traits that make them say that?

The theory is cool, but like a sci-fi nightmare at the same time :D
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:iconhodarinundu:
HodariNundu Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2010   General Artist
I agree... I wonder if it had long prehensile toes, curved claws... would be cool to know more.
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:iconponchofirewalker01:
PonchoFirewalker01 Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2010
Here you go: [link]
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:iconhodarinundu:
HodariNundu Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2010   General Artist
I still like the tree dwelling version XD
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:iconponchofirewalker01:
PonchoFirewalker01 Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2010
Yeah :D
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:iconponchofirewalker01:
PonchoFirewalker01 Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2010
And what about the tail and limbs?
Yeah, we both need to research on that, just to be sure that they're not just pulling our legs.
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:iconmaukamauka:
maukamauka Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2008  Student Traditional Artist
a tree-climbin crocodile... that's something I never thought i would see
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:iconrickraptor77:
Rickraptor77 Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2008  Student Digital Artist
An arboreal croc, cool! Doesn't the african dwarf crocodile fit that description too?

its been known to climb trees and eat fruit, unlike like its 1000% carnivorous cousins...
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:iconhodarinundu:
HodariNundu Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2008   General Artist
The difference is that the dwarf croc still depends on an aquatic environment :D
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:iconguilmon182:
guilmon182 Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2008  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Wait, seriously? That's f@ckin' scary!
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:iconpaleo-beast-emperor:
Paleo-Beast-Emperor Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2008  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
So there were tree-climbin' crocodilians? Who knew? How good a climber is it? What creatures were on its menu? How big is it?
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:iconhodarinundu:
HodariNundu Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2008   General Artist
It seems that it was as good a climber as say, monitor lizards. It must have preyed on marsupials, birds, maybe other reptiles, and whatever it found in trees (eggs, lizards etc).
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Paleo-Beast-Emperor Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2008  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Any enemies? I'm sure it has big predators & herbivores to avoid, like other animals. Also, where did it live, and what biome (natural habitat) did it live in? How do ya suppose it hunted?
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:iconhodarinundu:
HodariNundu Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2008   General Artist
I guess it was hunted by constricting snakes, perhaps by other species of larger crocodilians...
It lived in the rainforest.
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Paleo-Beast-Emperor Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2008  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Wary of contrictors & larger crocodilans in its tropical rainforest habitat. I got that. Now, where did it once live? South America? North America? Parts of Asia, perhaps?
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:iconhodarinundu:
HodariNundu Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2008   General Artist
Australia... didn´t u read the description? :O
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:iconpaleo-beast-emperor:
Paleo-Beast-Emperor Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2008  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Australia? I musta missed the memo somehow. Thanks for the tip.
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:iconhodarinundu:
HodariNundu Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2008   General Artist
No prob
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:iconpiatnitskysaurus:
Piatnitskysaurus Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2008
small, like a tegu or monitor.
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:iconpaleo-beast-emperor:
Paleo-Beast-Emperor Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2008  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
So, you talkin' 2-5'?
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:iconpiatnitskysaurus:
Piatnitskysaurus Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2008
yes.
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:iconpaleo-beast-emperor:
Paleo-Beast-Emperor Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2008  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thought so.
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baragon2001 Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2008
cool i need one of them to keep dem raccons from climbing up the trees and annoying my dogs
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:iconhodarinundu:
HodariNundu Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2008   General Artist
Usually, dogs are the annoying ones :D
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:iconbaragon2001:
baragon2001 Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2008
oh yeah lol
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avancna Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2008  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
If it was a leaping predator, its snout would be much shorter, like that of a leopard's. I would think that it was semi-arboreal, like a monitor lizard.
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:iconpiatnitskysaurus:
Piatnitskysaurus Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2008
it's snout has been reconstructed as very short in the description.
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:iconavancna:
avancna Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2008  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
So, is my version too long?
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:iconpiatnitskysaurus:
Piatnitskysaurus Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2008
noone knows for sure how long it was, keep it for now.
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:iconavancna:
avancna Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2008  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
kk
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:iconhodarinundu:
HodariNundu Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2008   General Artist
Who knows...
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