Photo: Crocodiles Really Shed Tears While Eating, Study Says



An American crocodile shakes water from its prey on the banks of Cabritos Island National Park in the Dominican Republic.

New research suggests that crocodiles really do shed tears when they eat, based on observations of weeping in closely related alligators (inset) and caimans.

Crocodile photograph by Gianfranco Lanzetti/NGS; alligator tear photograph courtesy University of Florida


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