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13 Crocodiles on Film Imagine you’re a Hollywood film producer and you need some crocodiles to appear in your next movie . What do you do ? The best idea is give Adam Britton a call . Adam has spent many years studying and working with these extraordinary reptiles . He runs a company which trains and films crocodiles in northern Australia . Adam first became interested in crocodiles when he was a boy , but growing up in Britain , his only chance to see them was at the zoo . When he was finally able to move to Australia and get close to crocodiles in the wild , he couldn’t believe his luck . A lot of people are surprised to learn that wild animals like crocodiles can be trained to do different things . But , according to Adam , training crocodiles is exactly the same as training other animals . The trainer tells a crocodile to do something and then rewards * it with food . The next time the trainer asks the crocodile to do the same thing , it thinks it is going to be fed . In this way the behavior is reinforced * . However , Adam explains that not all crocodiles have the same skills . Some are good at rolling * , while others are better at running or jumping . That is why a crocodile “ starring” in a movie may actually be several different crocodiles . Adam loves his work , but he doesn’t like the way crocodiles are presented on-screen . He complains that most of the time they are made to look like monsters . Even on nature programs , we often see crocodiles attacking and killing other animals . He says that crocodiles can be dangerous , but they have another side to them too . For example , scientists have recently discovered a special kind of communication that takes place between mother crocodiles and their babies . This is not what we see in the movies !

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