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Mud, Glorious Mud
Adults like this are often seen partially or even completely submerged in the sticky tidal mud. Even reptiles which need to bask can overheat, and one reason for this submergence is to help insulate the body against extreme heat during the middle of the day. Of course, there does not have to be a sound biological reason behind every behaviour, and quite often crocodiles will simply lie on the bank as the tidal runs out, becoming covered in mud in the process. Their own body weight also pulls them deeper into the mire, although with smooth belly scales, articulate limbs and a powerful tail, the crocodile can move over the mud at breakneck speed when the situation demands it: the tail swings to and fro and the crocodile almost swims through the mud into the water.
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