Ranking the Kingdom has made it past the ten episode hump, and it’s time to celebrate!
What better way to celebrate too than having a completely normal episode of the show? It’s crocodiles and alligators this week, crocodilians if you will, and we’re going to find out what makes them different, what makes them alike, and every fact in between. Probably not every fact if I’m being perfectly honest, but there’s a lot to drink in regardless (kinda like a bee drinking from a crocodile’s eyeball), and I hope you’ll agree that it’s more than enough. Do you think the Crocodile can pull one over on the Wolf and Orca, our current top two contenders? Listen in to find out.
NOTE: This episode does not feature a re-cap of how the ranking system works, so please go to rankingthekingdom.wordpress.com/about if you are a new listener and would like a rundown of exactly what this podcast is about. Each of the previous ten episodes features a breakdown of how the rating system works as well.
(0:00 – 05:30) – Intro: Changes, time, iTunes.
(05:45 – 13:58) – Unsorted Facts – Crocodilia, differences, averages.
(14:08 – 23:23) – Instinct/ Evolution – Sensitive, sneaky, apex.
(23:33 – 35:52) – Offense/ Defense – Tactics, bite, osteoderm.
(36:02 – 43:57) – Society/ Resourcefulness – Babies, basking, trees.
(44:07 – 54:13) – Legacy/ Future – Bus, Gods, numbers.
(54:23 – 01:06:27) – The Ranking – Settling the score.
Thank you to Silent Partner for the intro/ transition/ outro music, “Cloud Patterns”
And thank you to the following sources for all of the free information:
http://crocodilian.com/cnhc/csl-maps.htm (Crocodile World Distribution)
http://www.journals.uchicago.edu/doi/pdfplus/10.1086/678660 (Crocodile’s Reverence Through History)
http://www.reshafim.org.il/ad/egypt/bestiary/crocodile.htm (Ancient Egyptians and Crocodiles)
http://www.iucncsg.org/pages/Farming-and-the-Crocodile-Industry.html (Crocodile Farming)
(Excerpts from Crocodile by Dan Wylie)
http://www.livescience.com/32144-whats-the-difference-between-alligators-and-crocodiles.html (Basic Croc and Alligator Differences)
http://www.sci-news.com/biology/science-crocodiles-alligators-hunt-groups-02203.html (Crocodile Hunting Tactics)
http://www.pnas.org/content/110/22/E2009.full.pdf (Alligator/ Crocodile Teeth Regeneration)
http://jeb.biologists.org/content/210/16/2811 (Death Roll)
https://ourplnt.com/worlds-top-six-biggest-prehistoric-crocodiles-ever-lived/ (Ancient Crocodile)
http://www.crocodilesoftheworld.co.uk/conservation/conservation-status/ (Crocodile Pop. Estimates)
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/14691103 (Crocodile Tail)
https://www.britannica.com/animal/crocodile (E’rything Crocodile)
http://www.alligatorleather.net/is-alligator-leather-bullet-proof/ (“People as us about alligator leather deflecting bullets all the time guys.”)
http://www.iucncsg.org/pages/The-Crocodilian-Body.html (Crocodile Body)
https://news.vanderbilt.edu/2012/11/08/alligators-and-crocodiles/ (Crocodile Senses Single Drop of Water)
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2013/12/131204182433.htm (Crocodile’s Use Twigs to Attract Birds)
http://bioweb.uwlax.edu/bio203/s2012/shirley_josh/adaptation.htm (Crocodile Basking)
http://www.ticotimes.net/2014/06/06/4-recent-findings-that-explain-why-crocodiles-are-smarter-than-you-think (Bugs drink from crocodile’s eyes, crocodiles eat vegetables)
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24411399 (Crocodile Osteoderm: Mechanical Behavior and Hierarchical Structure)
https://www.cnet.com/news/study-wikipedia-as-accurate-as-britannica/ (Wikipedia Accuracy)
And thank you to the following musicians for the royalty free music: