The crocodile-people comprise of a large, spell-bound family. Though human in their mind, they are very herptilian on the outside

Their head is roughly human, as are their arms. However, their hands are scaly like a lizard and have reptilian digits with claws. Their neck is also human. Their chest has many resemblances: The front of the breast is half-way between human and crocodile, the shoulders are lizardly just beside the breast, and the back is snake-like. Below the chest is another portion of the thoracic trunk, which is entirely snake-like. This part is flexible, and is as long as the chest proper. The entire belly, from the chest to the gonads, is covered in smooth crocodilian scales. Their abdomen is fully crocodilian. They have a crocodilian tail around the length of the legs, which are frog-like in their structure. These legs are crocodile-scaled, but with webbing and lizardly scales/claws on the toes. Their body and parts therein are roughly human in their proportions

Based on their anatomy, how would these beings most realistically move?

  • $\begingroup$ define "snake like" the only thing special about a snakes spin is there are no limbs attached to it. Also note if it has frog like legs it cannot walk. $\endgroup$
    – John
    Commented Oct 13, 2021 at 23:58

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It would need (some) shoulders, because it has a human head

.. a chimaera eye looks forward or sideward, not downward. The head should be kept upright in some way. Not as low as a crocodile.

enter image description here Monitor lizard

Arms allow to climb

The arms could help to move forward especially when climbing. I think the upper part would look human to above the ribs, not only the neck would be human, it could have a clavicle.

Butterfly stroke, use the frog legs

Frogs jump. Relatively strong legs. When it's in a hurry, the crocodile person could use its arms and frog-legs together, causing a forward wave in the snake like body. Like a swimming movement using butterfly stroke.

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For move on land, this is a forward jump, or galoppe. Turn the left image 20 degrees right.. the strong arms prepare the next cycle and prepare for the next jump, the actual force originates from the frog legs.

The tail would help to do this forward jump on land. Its mass keeps the center of gravity around the legs, its muscles will help to balance during the jumps.

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    $\begingroup$ Could you make some mention of the tail? That will be a deal breaker for human type bipedalism & upright stance. $\endgroup$
    – elemtilas
    Commented Oct 13, 2021 at 23:39
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    $\begingroup$ @elemtilas Frill-necked lizard youtu.be/rLY2gNiOFzk?t=70 Jesus Christ lizard youtu.be/CW0TijmAUqY?t=47 $\endgroup$ Commented Oct 14, 2021 at 1:37
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    $\begingroup$ Thx, no time now, I'll add a section tonight.. I think true bipedalism would be difficult with a body as described in the opening. This is about movement. Maybe standing upright, like lizards can do, for a short while.. $\endgroup$
    – Goodies
    Commented Oct 14, 2021 at 6:14
  • $\begingroup$ How would it move on land specifically? $\endgroup$ Commented Oct 14, 2021 at 7:42
  • $\begingroup$ @elemtilas depends on the tail. If it is flexible enough it can serve as effectively a 3rd leg to provide extra balance. $\endgroup$
    – jwenting
    Commented Oct 14, 2021 at 9:15

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