A phrase from an old myth describes how animals cry while eating when they are sad, thus ‘crocodile tears’ are shed by those who feign sadness. Taking a further look, a researcher discovered that crocodiles do indeed bawl while eating – but not due to reptilian remorse, but rather physiology.

An old myth is that animals cry while eating when they are sad. This phrase comes from one of the phrases used by people to cover up their sorrow. An undergraduate research study at the University of Florida recently concluded that crocodiles do indeed bawl when they feast, though for physiological reasons rather than nervous, rascally behavior. A UF zoologist observed and videotaped three alligators and four captive caimans eating on dry land at Florida’s St. Augustine Alligator Farm Zoological Park while both were closely related to crocodiles. The researcher observed that five out of seven animals wept as they consumed their food, with some even exhibiting foaming and frothing around their eyes as they ate. Crocodiles are often described as feeding and crying in general literature, but most reports are anecdotal, according to Vliet. “From a biological perspective, there is much confusion about the subject in the scientific literature, so we decided to take this issue further.”

After receiving a telephone call from D, Vliet began the project. He is an associate clinical professor of neurology at the University of California, Los Angeles and a consultant in neurology at Kaiser Permanente, West Los The paper by Shaner, who co-authored the research paper*, investigated a relatively rare syndrome associated with human facial palsy which causes eating disorders. Shaner wanted to know whether crocodile tears, the term used by physicians to describe the syndrome, had any basis in biological fact. Shaner and Vliet found dozens of references to crocodile tears in books written hundreds of years ago to the present day. 

Several scientists thought it would be worth trying to verify the myth by rubbing onion and salt into the eyes of crocodiles in the early 20th century. stated. When they did not tear up, he concluded it was not true. It was his failure to examine the animals while they were eating that made the experiments problematic, as Shaner observed. It was only onion and salt on their eyes.” That got Vliet thinking, so he decided to conduct his own study. A crocodile will cry when it eats a human, according to myth. The crocodiles, however, were not able to consume people.” Vliet, on the other hand, had to settle for the alligator food in the shape of dog biscuits that is a staple at the alligator farm in St. Augustine. In order to see tears, he chose alligators and caimans rather than crocodiles because on the farm they are trained to feed on dry land. In water, the animals’ eyes would be wet anyway, so observing them on dry ground was critical. Seeing that crocodiles can be agile and aggressive, 


Vliet said the farm’s keepers do not train them to feed on land, but Vliet believes they would react to land like alligators or caimans do since they are closely related. One of the mysteries of tears is why they happen. The phenomena could be due to the animals hissing and huffing when they are fed, a behavior that is found in their behavior during During this process, the air in the crocodile’s sinuses is likely to mix with the tears going into its eyes from its lacrimal gland. There is one thing you can count on though There is no such thing as faux grief. *The research was published in the current edition of the journal BioScience. Looking back at his experience, Vliet said, “When crocodiles take something into their mouth, they mean it.”