Australian Museum Journal Galloping in Crocodylus johnstoni—a reflection of terrestrial activity?

Shortform:
Webb and Gans, 1982, Rec. Aust. Mus. 34(14): 607–618
Author(s):
Webb, Grahame J. W.; Gans, Carl
Year published:
1982
Title:
Galloping in Crocodylus johnstoni—a reflection of terrestrial activity?
Serial title:
Records of the Australian Museum
Volume:
34
Issue:
14
Start page:
607
End page:
618
DOI:
10.3853/j.0067-1975.34.1982.244
Language:
English
Date published:
31 December 1982
Cover date:
31 December 1982
ISSN:
0067-1975
CODEN:
RAUMAJ
Publisher:
The Australian Museum
Place published:
Sydney, Australia
Subjects:
REPTILIA; BEHAVIOUR
Digitized:
27 January 2009
Available online:
02 March 2009
Reference number:
244
EndNote package:
EndNote file
Title page:
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Complete work:
Complete work (2817kb PDF)

Abstract

Crocodylus johnstoni commonly gallop when released after being caught and handled. Galloping is a bounding gait and, in addition to increased velocities, it allows crocodilians to rapidly negotiate obstacles such as rocks and logs when on land. Bound length and gallop velocity both increase with increasing snout-vent length, but not in the same proportion: small C. johnstoni bound more frequently than larger ones.

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