Welcome back from winter break guys! 😀 Today I will write an article about…
CROCODILES!!! XD Let’s begin!
~~The snappy, clappy croc!~~
Crocodiles or crocs for short are amazing creatures, they live throughout the tropics in Africa, Asia and Australia! Now some of you may get confused between alligators and crocs, right? Well, I will explain here…
Alligators have wider U-shaped snouts, while crocodiles have a V-shaped snout. When they shut their mouths, the crocodile has the fourth tooth on each side of the lower jaw sticking up over the upper lip, while the alligator doesn’t.
A crocodile has a streamlined body which enables it to swim swiftly and smoothly, it also tucks its feet to the side while swimming, which makes it faster. They have webbed feet which are not used to propel the animal through the water but helps them make fast turns and sudden moves in the water. Their Webbed feet are an advantage in shallower water, where the animal sometimes moves around by walking. There are only 23 species of crocodiles left! 😦
Length: 350 – 500 cm (Nile crocodile)
Lifespan: 70 – 100 y (Nile crocodile) 70 years on average
Speed: 30 – 35 km/h (Swimming)
Clutch size: 50 on average (nile croc) 30 – 70 (American crocodile)
Snap a fact! Know it or not?
Crocodiles have the strongest bite of any animal in the world! 😮
Crocodiles release heat through their mouths instead of through sweat glands.
The saltwater crocodile is the largest species of crocodile.
Some crocodile species can weigh over 1200 kg (2600 lb).
The Nile crocodile has over 60 teeth! If any fall out during attacks on its prey, a new one replaces it.
It has a weak spot! At the end of a crocodiles mouth (near the snout) is it’s weak spot! If you put a rubber band around it, the croc can’t snap at ya! (remember this if you ever encounter an angry croc!)
When in water, a protective membrane closes over a crocodile’s eyes! (like swimming goggles).
Crocodiles are cold-blooded and rely on the temperature of the sun and water to warm up.
Crocodiles do not normally chase their prey, their hunting strategy is surprise, they use their tail and powerful hind legs to spring out of the water, and snap!
Crocodiles only eat about fifty full meals a year and can go for long periods without eating, nesting females generally fast (don’t eat).
They are excellent swimmers and are spotted far out at sea, they can live for up to 70 years!
The males are territorial, patrolling and defending a length of shoreline that may extend up to 50 meters (165 feet) out into the water.
Sometimes crocs die in bizarre ways, one was found dead with a large terrapin (type of turtle) stuck in its throat!
So this is the end of my snappy article! 😀 (I hope it didn’t scare you too much!) 😉
Watch out! I’m hungry…