The science and history of the biggest and baddest man-eating, death-rolling crocodiles and alligators. Plus how to survive a crocodile attack and “Lesser of Two Evils:” would you rather be attacked by a crocodile or have an iron bar shot through your head?

Music: Fats Waller “Alligator Crawl”

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  • SewDotCoe

    I miss Steve Irwin so much… never has one man put himself in so much danger for pure entertainment. *sniff*

  • SewDotCoe

    I miss Steve Irwin so much… never has one man put himself in so much danger for pure entertainment. *sniff*

  • banks!

    I spend WAY too much time watching bad movies in my youth…

    First and most important…

    Alligator!
    http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0080354/

    This one scared me because I had a friend who had a baby alligator who had recently gotten rid of it by flushing it down the toilet. So naturally a movie about a giant alligator living in the sewers scared the beejeesus out of me when I was eight.

    Then there is the James Bond film Live and Let Die! The first appearance of the worst Bond, Roger Moore. He pulls a move from the Pitfall video game and uses crocodiles as stepping stones.

    I also recall comedic alligator/crocodile scenes in Happy Gilmore and Ace Venture 2.

    Finally, in Brian Azzarello’s Broken City limited series for Batman, he depicts Killer Croc as a large black man with a skin condition. None of this crazy crocodile nonsense. However, Batman keeps punching him in the mouth and shattering his teeth which leads Killer Croc to keep this teeth sharp, like a crocodile.

  • banks!

    I spend WAY too much time watching bad movies in my youth…

    First and most important…

    Alligator!
    http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0080354/

    This one scared me because I had a friend who had a baby alligator who had recently gotten rid of it by flushing it down the toilet. So naturally a movie about a giant alligator living in the sewers scared the beejeesus out of me when I was eight.

    Then there is the James Bond film Live and Let Die! The first appearance of the worst Bond, Roger Moore. He pulls a move from the Pitfall video game and uses crocodiles as stepping stones.

    I also recall comedic alligator/crocodile scenes in Happy Gilmore and Ace Venture 2.

    Finally, in Brian Azzarello’s Broken City limited series for Batman, he depicts Killer Croc as a large black man with a skin condition. None of this crazy crocodile nonsense. However, Batman keeps punching him in the mouth and shattering his teeth which leads Killer Croc to keep this teeth sharp, like a crocodile.

  • Newly Human

    Crocodile Dundee, guys!

    • Joe

      We did end up talking about him but it got cut for time/not-very-funny.

      • Newly Human

        Aw, too bad, I saw that move so much growing up I almost ended up with an Aussie accent.

  • cr0m

    I’d carry a machete for quickly chopping off my arm BEFORE the death roll.

  • Phav Nosnibor

    Tsk-tsk, guys… the Deus Ex Monica has nothing to do with how episodes of Friends are resolved and everything to do with Courtney Cox giving birth to the Baby Jesus at the end of Scream 4. (Sorry if that spoils anything for you.)

  • Lars

    Speaking of Crocodile Surfing:

    (I would assume there are at least a few Red Dwarf enthusiasts in the audience of this type of podcast…)

  • Lars

    Speaking of Crocodile Surfing:

    (I would assume there are at least a few Red Dwarf enthusiasts in the audience of this type of podcast…)

  • spookyparadigm

    You want a crocodile submarine?

    Octopussy, anyone?

  • Gareth

    This one may appeal to british people of a certain age, ie mine, but Doc Croc was one of the finest things to ever happen to children’s television. Behold:
    http://www.tonyhusband.co.uk/rtbvideowall.html

  • Gareth

    This one may appeal to british people of a certain age, ie mine, but Doc Croc was one of the finest things to ever happen to children’s television. Behold:
    http://www.tonyhusband.co.uk/rtbvideowall.html

  • castewar

    I watched Rogue a couple of years back – it was made in 2007 and was inspired by Sweetheart.
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rogue_%28film%29

    At the very same time, another Australian film, Black Water, was released, this time based on a croc attack in NorthAu in 2003. I haven’t seen it, but reviews seem to be “Ehh, why not?”
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Black_Water_%28film%29

  • Unspeakable Amorphous Blob

    About the lesser of two evils, may I point out (as a stickler for precision –or stickler for stickler-ness) that out of the people that were maliciously impaled by a railroad tie (not counting the x number of people purposefully lobotomized with ice picks, etc.), one out of one person in “recorded-caustic soda-history” (see the pun?) survived the iron bar-puncture. Ergo, whoever chooses the Phineas Gage treatment has (mathematically) a 100% chance of surviving. Unless, of course, someone less lazy can find another person who has “accidentally” been morbidly shot through the skull by a railroad tie (please do try).

    P.S. I hate rhymes when others do it but I love that I had to go through the trouble of writing a P.S. just to point out that the last part does [rhyme].

    P.P.S. I really wanted to make another pointless P.S., so here it is. 🙂

  • Unspeakable Amorphous Blob

    About the lesser of two evils, may I point out (as a stickler for precision –or stickler for stickler-ness) that out of the people that were maliciously impaled by a railroad tie (not counting the x number of people purposefully lobotomized with ice picks, etc.), one out of one person in “recorded-caustic soda-history” (see the pun?) survived the iron bar-puncture. Ergo, whoever chooses the Phineas Gage treatment has (mathematically) a 100% chance of surviving. Unless, of course, someone less lazy can find another person who has “accidentally” been morbidly shot through the skull by a railroad tie (please do try).

    P.S. I hate rhymes when others do it but I love that I had to go through the trouble of writing a P.S. just to point out that the last part does [rhyme].

    P.P.S. I really wanted to make another pointless P.S., so here it is. 🙂

  • Derek

    OMG, python explodes after attempting to eat a live alligator. 2006, Florida Everglades. Wow. http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2005/10/1006_051006_pythoneatsgator.html

  • Karey

    I’m a fairly new (though already fairly caught up on past podcasts) American listener (I’m sorry).

    I always try to Google topics you guys cover that I know nothing about so that I can keep up decently. Not until looking up Gustave have I had the respect for crocks that I do now. Thank you for putting the fear of God into me.

  • Karey

    I’m a fairly new (though already fairly caught up on past podcasts) American listener (I’m sorry).

    I always try to Google topics you guys cover that I know nothing about so that I can keep up decently. Not until looking up Gustave have I had the respect for crocks that I do now. Thank you for putting the fear of God into me.

  • David

    I must know what the music at the very start of this one is, because it sounds like Winter by Vivaldi but isn’t

    • Toren

      Well, if you must, you must… Allegretto from Palladio by Karl Jenkins

      • David

        Toren, you are… making it tough for me to express my gratitude in a non-creepy way. THANK YOU! That’ll have to do. Thanks!

  • Kristine

    Just read this article and thought, follow up!
    Crocodiles in mass escape..
    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-21178793

  • Ravenhull

    In popular culture, I am surprised you didn’t mention the movie ‘Distant Drums’, where a man is attacked by an alligator while crossing a river, in the process uttering, for the first time in cinematic history, a certain scream. http://youtu.be/dc5F2C0CYlA

  • Ravenhull

    In popular culture, I am surprised you didn’t mention the movie ‘Distant Drums’, where a man is attacked by an alligator while crossing a river, in the process uttering, for the first time in cinematic history, a certain scream. http://youtu.be/dc5F2C0CYlA

  • Derek Weber

    Crocodiles as a golf hazard? In North Queensland, they are:

    http://www.abc.net.au/news/2014-06-06/crocodiles-move-into-cairns-golf-course/5504448

  • Derek

    Aye carumba! These look enormous! Will have to keep an eye out for this series: http://www.iflscience.com/plants-and-animals/galloping-crocodiles-ate-dinosaurs-north-africa

  • Derek

    Aye carumba! These look enormous! Will have to keep an eye out for this series: http://www.iflscience.com/plants-and-animals/galloping-crocodiles-ate-dinosaurs-north-africa