…Did You Know?
- Crocodiles are reptiles.
- The physical characteristics of crocodiles make them good predators.
- Crocodiles are fast over short distances.
- Crocodile’s has very sharp teeth.
- Crocodiles have the strongest bite of any animal in the world.
- The muscles that open crocodile’s jaws however are not so powerful, reasonably strong people could hold a crocodiles jaw closed with their bare hands.
- Like other reptiles, crocodiles are cold-blooded.
- Crocodiles can survive for a long time without food.
- Most crocodiles live in freshwater rivers and lakes but some live in salt water.
- Crocodiles eat a variety of fish, birds and other animals.
- Crocodiles release heat through their mouths rather than through sweat glands.
- The saltwater crocodile is the largest species of crocodile.
- Some crocodile species can weigh over 1200 kg (2600 lb).
- Like alligators, crocodiles are part of the order ‘Crocodylia’.
- Check out some interesting crocodile and alligator differences.
Crocodiles are large reptiles that live in fresh water, lakes, rivers, brackish water (mix between salty and fresh water). Crocodiles can be found in tropic areas of Australia, Africa, America and Asia. There are 23 species of crocodiles, as a result most of them are endangered because of poaching. Crocodile’s skin is highly appreciated in fashion industry and represents a status symbol for wealthy people.
Saltwater Crocodile is the largest living reptile. This animal has a body length between 5 and 7 m (16 – 23 ft) and they weigh between 400 and 700 Kgs (882 – 1,543 lbs),and with males being much larger than females.
Crocodiles are grey or brown in colour and they have a broad, heavy set body with a large head. A Crocodile’s jaws are strong and they have short, strong limbs. crocodiles have ridges that run from their eyes to their nose and this is particularly prominent in older animals.
in addition, Saltwater Crocodiles have a valve that seals off the mouth from the throat and this enables them to open their mouth while they are under water. However, they cannot eat their prey underwater as swallowing would allow water into their throat so they either have to drag their prey onto land or raise their head above the water to swallow.
Crocodiles are capable of explosive bursts both on land and in the water, in addition they are generally very lethargic with enables them to go for months without feeding.