• Question: Could we potentially kill all of the crocodiles with a gene specific virus. They don't like bananas.

    Asked by bananabatman to Peter on 24 Jun 2014.
    • Photo: Peter Elliott

      Peter Elliott answered on 24 Jun 2014:

      If you really wanted to you could create either a virus or a bacteria that targeted only crocodiles although why do you dislike them so much? They are one of the earth’s oldest living animals and they are amazing hunters.
      I am not quite sure where you heard that crocodiles dont like bananas, I am struggling to find any reference to that.
      The closest thing I found was that in Costa Rica lots of crocodiles around banana plantations were dying, not because of eating bananas but because of the chemicals used to grow and protect the banana trees getting into the crocs and poisoning them.