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Facts about Crocodiles

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Crocodiles are creatures unlike any other. Leading a predominantly aquatic lifestyle, they, however, cannot breathe under water, and they prefer to hunt land animals. Crocodiles are extremely dangerous in the wild – for example, insparsely populated areas of Australia, where they are found, you can often find warning about the presence in the vicinity of these reptiles. This precaution is very appropriate – crocodiles are usually not averse to bite a gaping tourist.

30 interesting facts about crocodiles

  1. Crocodiles are often confused with alligators. Nevertheless, these are different animals, albeit similar.
  2. Crocodiles are direct descendants of extinct dinosaurs.
  3. The closest relatives of the crocodiles are, oddly enough, birds 
  4. Crocodiles are very cunning and patient. Having noticed the place where animals come to drink water, crocodiles waits on the shore in the water, If an animal that approaches the water with the aim of getting drunk slips, it will inevitably become a victim of a crocodile. 
  5. When the fish spawns, crocodiles in the rivers lie downstream and open their mouths. They don’t even have to do anything - just close your mouth & swallow a fish that jumps into it.
  6. Crocodiles, unlike alligators, can live not only in fresh, but also in salt water.
  7. Crocodile-protecting belly ribs are not connected to the spine.
  8. If something falls onto the crocodile’s tongue, for example, a drop of water, or a drop of sweat from the head of a  animal trainer, , the crocodile immediately clenches its jaw, because it triggers a reflex.
  9. A  fully fed crocodile does not attack a potential victim - he is simply lazy.
  10. Crocodile teeth are grinded and replaced with new teeth about once every two years.
  11. Aquatic crocodiles, however, lay their eggs on land.
  12. most crocodiles cannot survive 20 degrees Celsius plus
  13. Crocodiles developed a kind of symbiosis with birds - it opens its mouth, and small birds peck pieces of meat stuck between his teeth. The crocodile never touches these birds.
  14. The seeming clumsiness of crocodiles on land is very deceptive - at short distances they are able to develop very high speed, all the more surprising for creatures with such short legs.
  15. In the foreseeable past, completely land crocodiles were still found on the territory of South America, but at the present time they were no longer left - they died out.
  16. Crocodiles reach maturity at the age of 5-10 years, depending on the species. Larger species grow slower.
  17. Crocodiles can live for a hundred years, sometimes even more.
  18. Crocodiles do not know how to chew - their jaws are not adapted for this, therefore they tear prey into pieces and swallow them in pieces.
  19. Among many species of crocodiles there are manifestations of cannibalism. Yes, on occasion, these predators are not averse to eating each other.
  20. The Nile crocodile, which, as the name implies, is found in the Nile River, is a significant threat to the inhabitants of the countryside in the vicinity of this great river
  21. If necessary, a crocodile that has accumulated sufficient fat reserves may not eat at all for a whole year, or even more.
  22. Some crocodiles hibernate for a period of drought and hide at the bottom of shallow reservoirs.
  23. In one sitting, the crocodile easily eats prey equal to one fifth of the mass of its own body.
  24. Small crocodiles from one egg laying hatch at the same time. An interesting fact - if the eggs were stored at a temperature of 31-33 degrees Celsius, then males will hatch from them. If the temperature was lower or higher, then the females will hatch.
  25. In the Kingdom of Thailand, there are special farms where crocodiles are grown.
  26. Crocodiles are one of the most ancient creatures on Earth. Their modern species appeared about 83 million years ago, and their ancestors - a quarter of a billion years ago.
  27. The largest crocodiles can reach a length of 7 meters and weight per ton. You can meet such a monster in the north of Australia, in India and in Fiji 
  28. Crocodiles swim at speeds up to 40 km / h, 
  29. Different muscles are responsible for opening and closing the jaws of crocodiles. Those that close their jaws are very strong, and those that open their mouths are the other way around, so an adult can well prevent a crocodile from opening its mouth, holding it tightly with its hands.
  30. Crocodiles sometimes swallow stones. They help them grind food in the stomach, and at the same time play the role of ballast.

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