In a dark cave full of bats, scientists are faced with frightening creatures with big sparkling eyes and bright orange scales.
The creature is not a fox or tiger, but a crocodile.
Crocodiles are known to rarely inhabit caves, and their presence certainly surprised the scientists.
Fortunately, the creature was as shocked as the scientists, and rushed into the dark.
After exploring more than 600 meters in the cave, the researchers found a total of nine crocodiles living in the inhospitable environment.
There is no light in the cave, everywhere there is bat droppings, and there is little to eat.
They also found that some crocodiles were trapped in a narrow hole and there was no escape.
Reported Many expeditions to Abanda caves have been carried out in the past ten years in an effort to better understand the origin of crocodiles living in this cave.
The scientists were made confused by the appearance of this crocodile.
Until then they find the answer.
Reported by TribunTravel.com from the page amusingplanet.com, the crocodile in the cave is known as Abanda.
Abanda Crocodile is a species of African dwarf crocodile, which is found throughout West and Central Africa.
They are the smallest crocodile species in the world with an average length of 1.5 meters.
Even though they come from the same type, the physical crocodiles that live in caves are different from their cousins who live in forests and swamps.
They have a wider head, have poor vision, and strange orange skin.
Researchers believe that this crocodile has soaked in pools full of bat feces for years and slowly changes skin color.
Not only have their skin changed, the researchers found their genetic markers are also different from other crocodiles, which has led researchers to believe that crocodiles are undergoing mutations and are slowly transforming into new species.
Because such changes require several hundred generations to accumulate in their DNA, it is believed that this crocodile was separated thousands of years ago from its outer relatives.
“Maybe it’s just reproduction in a very small population,” explains Olivier Testa, a scientist who studies crocodiles. “If you take 100 humans and combine them for 1000 years, they start mutating because they only reproduce among themselves.”
It’s hard to say why they chose to stay in a cave.
Maybe they like bats, because that is the only food that crocodiles can eat, besides crickets and algae.
Sometimes, teenage crocodiles can leave their homes to explore outside through various openings, but once the crocodiles begin to grow, they are trapped inside and must spend the rest of their days in complete darkness, eating bats and swimming between bat droppings.