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Croc in a Tree by Eurwentala Croc in a Tree by Eurwentala
No, I definitely did not get overly carried away with this one. Nope.

Inspired by the recent news about living crocodilians routinely climbing trees, here's the recently extinct New Caledonian terrestrial crocodile Mekosuchus inexpectatus basking on a branch. That, and a few other organisms.

The little lizard thing on the lower branch is a crested gecko (Correlophus ciliatus ). The plants pictured include:
Asplenium sp. - the bird's nest fern
Austrogramme marginata
Tmesipteris sp.
Nepenthes sp. - the pitcher plant
Dendrobium ngoyense - the yellow orchid
D. masarangense - the little white orchid
Amyema scandens - the weird red parasitic vine

There are no leaves or flowers of the actual tree visible, but judging by the obligate symbiont fungi (Podoserpula miranda, only described in 2013) it must be the endemic oak gum (Arillastrum gummiferum).

In case I sound too smart, don't worry. I have no idea whether all these species live in the same habitats or even in the same part of New Caledonia. And they're probably not all epiphytes. I just stumbled upon them and liked them. I could not even find names for all the plants, but they're drawn after photos people have taken in the forests of New Caledonia.
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:iconpanzerraptor:
Panzerraptor Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2015
This is the most beautiful artwork featuring a crocodylian I've ever seen.
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Tarturus Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Mekosuchus was a really interesting crocodile. ^^
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randomdinos Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2014
So that just made those croc B-movies where the humans climb trees to escape a whole lot more unrealistic.
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Eurwentala Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2014
Yeah. :D Though, for their defense, perhaps not that much. Dinets et al. noticed it's mostly small crocs that climb. The bigger the animal, the harder it is for it to climb.
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Kazuma27 Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Lovely composition!

Ddin't know modern crocs could climb trees O_O
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MickeyRayRex Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
reminds me very much of a notosuchid!
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:iconmojcaj:
mojcaj Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Stunning!
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:iconsheather888:
Sheather888 Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is just breathtaking in all respects.
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JonaGold2000 Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I love these forests
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:iconcybershot:
cybershot Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2014
Beautiful illustration!
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:iconeurwentala:
Eurwentala Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2014
Thanks. :)
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:iconelectreel:
electreel Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2014
Quite a beautiful illustration! :) It's great to see Mekosuchus in an arboreal environment together with epiphytic plants and a crested gecko.
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vasix Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Mekosuchus is....smaller than I expected.....
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:iconeurwentala:
Eurwentala Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2014
I think it's been estimated to be something like two meters from nose to tail. Though this one is a subadult. Perhaps it's up a tree to avoid cannibalistic adult conspecifics.
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:iconvasix:
vasix Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Like young Komodo dragons....
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:iconsauroniops:
Sauroniops Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2014
Please can you make these into prints! 
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:iconeurwentala:
Eurwentala Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2014
It's a print now. I hope someone buys it too. :)
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Sauroniops Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2014
Well if there is an empty patch of wall, you know whats on my mind first;) (Wink) 
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Sauroniops Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2014
B-E-A-U-T-I-F-U-L the plants are lovely aswell!
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SylxeriaGuardian Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Such beautiful environment :>


Ahh I'm guilty of "just drawing random plants"  since it's so hard for me to think of real plants that fit in with the environment I'm aiming to draw ><
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Hackersaurus Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2014
Loooooove it!
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DinoBirdMan Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2014  Student Artist
Amazing!:)
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Dontknowwhattodraw94 Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This really beautiful :D
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Capt-Jack-Stifler Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Stunning! I love the pose of the croc, and the attention to detail is amazing!
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ShinRedDear Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2014
The world needs more ancient crocodilians paleoart ! I like the quite "Art-Nouveau" vibe to the composition and it's really rereshing to see a croc in this kind of habitat. Great work ! :D
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ZoPteryx Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Very impressive work!  The shading and foliage is beautifully done!
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Banvivirie Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
I love when people care enough to add real plants to an illustration! :D
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Eurwentala Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2014
Thanks. :) I've been told people don't generally do that, instead just using random greenery, which is something I never really thought of. Since I like drawing plants and know a bit about them... well. 
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KomodoGorgosaurus895 Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I love it! 
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Martiitram Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2014
So , baby crocs climb trees?
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Eurwentala Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2014
Apparently adult ones too, if they need to, though the bigger the croc, the more difficult it is. One of the authors of the new study writes about it in his blog here: crocodilian.blogspot.fi/2014/0…
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Martiitram Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2014
Awesome!That's why I wont to be a zoologist when I grow up (I'm 12)!
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Eurwentala Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2014
Cool! I wish you all the luck becoming a zoologist. I wanted to be one (or an evolutionary biologist, or a paleontologist) too, but ended up as a science writer and illustrator. Which is fine, I get to learn and share all the interesting stuff scientists do without doing the actual hard work. :)

Wow, you're just 12? You seem a lot too smart to be that young. Keep up the good work.
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Martiitram Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2014
I wish you good luck too and thanks!:)
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PineRain Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Beautiful! I'm glad you got carried away with this ;)

My brother was just telling me about crocodiles climbing trees yesterday. It's very interesting. Could you link me the paper please, if you know where it is?
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Eurwentala Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2014
Thanks!

Sure. :) The paper can be freely downloaded from here: www.herpetologynotes.seh-herpe…

You can also see a blog post by one of the researchers here: crocodilian.blogspot.fi/2014/0…
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PineRain Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks!
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EWilloughby Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2014  Professional General Artist
Wow, gorgeous. I see it's listed under mixed media - I'm curious what different media you used here. I see ink and maybe watercolor, though it looks much smoother than I could achieve with watercolor.
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Eurwentala Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2014
Thanks. :)

Actually, it's black markers and Photoshop. I just left the paper texture there and used brushes that make it look like traditional paint. No way I'm that skilled with watercolor. :)
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EWilloughby Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2014  Professional General Artist
Oh wow, you had me fooled. I'm very impressed by your ability to convey paint textures in Photoshop, though. :)
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keesey Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2014
Great work on the flora! (Oh yeah, the diapsids are nice, too.)
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Hyrotrioskjan Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2014  Professional General Artist
I love how much work flow into the green live of this picture, this and that you cover a rarely seen crocodylomorph with it :lol:
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