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"Hybrid Eyes"

Hybrid crocodile

This month's picture was taken by Paul Bodnar during a visit to Alligator Adventure in Florida. Although Paul's photograph isn't going to win any beauty contests, the subject is quite interesting. This is Utan, a very large hybrid crocodile. It is a first generation hybrid between C. porosus and C. siamensis that was bred in Thailand. Crocodiles tend to shatter the notion that a species can only produce fertile offspring with members of its own species, because several hybrid species are quite fertile. This one certainly is, although I think the female in question would have to be rather desperate. Of course this is just my opinion, but I find hybrids to be lacking the aesthetics of their respective parent species (to put it kindly!). Hybrids tend to grow rather large, however, due to "hybrid vigour" in the F1 generation. In fact, the largest crocodile in captivity - at over 20 feet in length - is a hybrid.

What I like about this photograph is the detail visible on the head of a large hybrid, although it is clearly taken in captivity.

This photograph is © Paul Bodnar and used here with permission. If you would like to use any of the photographs here, please contact me and I will put you in touch with the copyright holder.

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