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Despite Their Thick Skins, Alligators and Crocodiles Are Surprisingly Touchy


November 8, 2012

Duncan Leitch and Kenneth Catania Researchers have discovered that alligators and crocodiles possess one of the most acute senses of touch in the animal kingdom. Full Story

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Vanderbilt University

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