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"Can't I sleep in a bit?"
In opening the nest, the female is inadvertantly triggering hatching - the vibrations she causes with her movement and digging are strong signals which cause most eggs to hatch. Those eggs which don't hatch, she picks up in her jaws and gently crushes the shell, assisting the baby crocodile to leave the egg. Once the nest is open, she seizes several visible or calling crocodiles in her jaws and carries them down to the water, making several trips to collect the rest. Those which she misses make their own way into the water, finding their siblings through the use of contact calls - special vocalisations which keep baby crocodiles together and close to the watchful gaze of their mother who can remain with them for several months.
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