Average lifespan in the wild: Up to 70 years
Size: Up to 15 ft (4.6 m)
Weight: Up to 2,000 lbs (907 kg)
Group name: Bask (on land) or float (in water)
Did you know? One of the largest known populations of American crocodiles is in the Dominican Republic's Lago Enriquillo, a landlocked, hypersaline lake located about 131 feet (40 meters) below sea level.
Protection status: Endangered
People often confuse crocodiles with alligators. In contrast to the blunt-snouted alligators, crocodiles have a tapered snout.
Fourteen species of crocodiles are recognized depending on the species, crocodiles vary in size ranging between 1 and 10 metres in length. Crocodiles larger than 3 metres long have no enemies apart from humans.
What does a Crocodile look like?
Crocodiles are well-armored with tough, scaly skin. They are gray-green or olive-green with long, slender snouts. A prehistoric-looking creature, it is distinguishable from its cousin, the American alligator, by its longer, thinner snout, its lighter color, and two long teeth on the lower jaw that are visible when its mouth is closed.
Where do Crocodiles live?
Crocodiles usually live near salty water. Crocodiles live in many different places around the world! There are crocodiles in lots of countries in Africa such as Egypt, Zimbabwe, South Africa, Madagascar, and more. There are also crocodiles in Australia, and in parts of South America like Venezuela. Even though there are alligators in North America, there aren't a lot of crocodiles, and the crocs that are around are mostly found in Florida or Caribbean Islands. Crocodiles can move and live on land, but they do need to be close to the water.
What does a Crocodile eat?
Their diet consists mainly of small mammals, birds, fish, crabs, insects, snails, frogs, and occasionally carrion. They have been known to attack people, but are far more likely to flee at the sight of humans.
How fast are crocodiles?
Crocodilians can move about on land - with surprising speed, particularly when alarmed or angry - but their bodies are mainly adapted for a life in water. The nostrils, eyes and ears lie along the top of the head so that the animal can hear, see, smell and breathe when the rest of the body is submerged.
Do the crocodile ears fill with water when they go under?
When completely under the water, the ears are covered by small flaps of skin which can be closed to make the ears watertight. The nostrils can also be closed by special muscles, and the eyes have a 'third eyelid' which gives protection when diving.
Did you know?
Crocodiles have been around for some 200 million years and have changed very little since the time of the dinosaurs.
The largest crocodile on record — a saltwater crocodile shot in Queensland, Australia in 1957 — was just over 28 feet and weighed 2,870 pounds.
Dozing with its mouth open helps the crocodile cool off. Often, birds gather and pick off bugs and other leftovers from the croc's teeth and skin.
Although classifed as a reptile, crocodiles are more closely related to birds and dinosaurs than they are to most reptile species.
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