ZoCo Curiosity: how high can an alligator jump?

Crikey, Mate!

 

In case you didn’t know, National Steve Irwin Day goes down every year on November 15th. In honor of Mr. Irwin, we wanted to share one of our longest and most debated curiosities: how high can an alligator (or crocodile, I suppose) jump?

 

We reached out to the experts to get answers.

We went straight to the Irwins.

 

And a biology professor who specializes in alligator and crocodile research.

 

What did the experts say?

 

Well, nothing (yet). They do have more important things to do than entertain our quirky curiosity. BUT, we’re not giving up!

 

For now, we’re turning to you for help. We’re currently in our generative phase of research and need your help. We’re curious what others think (we’re sure you’ve thought long and hard about this).

 

Before you cast your vote, there are some things to keep in mind:

  1. We’re talking about their vertical leap on land. This does not include their ability to jump vertically out of water, or a running, forward leap. From a stationary position, how high can they jump?
  2. It can be an Alligator or Crocodile. Did you know there are 23 different crocodilian species? Any of ’em work for this discussion. We’re not picky.
  3. Any age, any size. Again, we’re not picky. Research does show that the youngsters are more likely to breach vertically than their older, larger counterparts.

 

What do you think?

 

Stay Curious.


 

Eric Trimble