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A Nile Crocodile (Crocodylus niloticus)
Crocodile at Colchester Zoo
Marsh Crocodiles basking in the sun
Nile crocodiles (Crocodylus niloticus)
Crocodiles are one of the planets oldest living creatures, thought to be around 200 million years old which means that crocodiles were around in dinosaur times.

Crocodiles live throughout the watery tropics of Africa, Asia, America and Australia, congregating in freshwater environments in the worlds lakes and rivers. Crocodiles feed on fish, reptiles and mammals, the prey size generally dependent on the size of the crocodile.

Legend has it that if you are being chased by a crocodile, the only chance you have of getting away is by outsmarting the crocodile. Apparently the way to do this is to run away from the crocodile diagonally down a hill! The myth says that crocodiles have a very slow turning circle meaning that if you run diagonally, the crocodile theoretically cant catch you!

As crazy as it sounds, crocodiles are known to swallow stones when they are on the banks of the water. The crocodile does this to not only help its digestive system but also to aid the crocodiles water buoyancy. It is thought that by swallowing stones, the crocodile may also be able to swim to deeper parts of the water.

The crocodile is also unable to stick out its tongue (probably from all those stones in the crocodiles stomach)! The crocodile is able to regrow new teeth very quickly after losing the old ones, throughout the crocodiles life.


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Crocodile Translations

Bulgarian български език
Крокодили (род)
 
Catalan Català
Crocodylus
 
Czech Cesky
Krokodýl
 
German Deutsch
Crocodylus
 
English English
Crocodile
 
Esperanto Esperanto
Krokodilo
 
Spanish Español
Crocodylus
 
Hebrew עִבְרִית
תנין (סוג)
 
Hungarian Magyar
Crocodylus
 
Italian Italiano
Crocodylus
 
Japanese 日本語
クロコダイル属
 
Latin Latina
Crocodylus
 
Dutch Nederlands
Crocodylus
 
Polish Polski
Crocodylus
 
Portuguese Português
Crocodylus
 
Swedish Svenska
Crocodylus
 
Turkish Türkçe
Crocodylus
 
Chinese 中文
鱷屬
 

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Crocodile Facts

Kingdom:
Five groups that classify all living things...
Animalia
Phylum:
A group of animals within the animal kingdom...
Chordata
Class:
A group of animals within a pylum...
Reptilia
Order:
A group of animals within a class...
Crocodilia
Family:
A group of animals within an order...
Crocodylidae
Genus:
A group of animals within a family...
Crocodylus
Scientific Name:
Comprised of the genus followed by the species...
Crocodylus
Type:
The animal group that the species belongs to...
Reptile
Diet:
What kind of foods the animal eats...
Carnivore
Size (L):
How long (L) or tall (H) the animal is...
1m - 7m (3.3ft - 22ft)
Weight:
The measurement of how heavy the animal is...
1,000kg - 1,133kg (2,200lbs - 2,500lbs)
Top Speed:
The fastest recorded speed of the animal...
18km/h (12mph)
Life Span:
How long the animal lives for...
40 - 70 years
Lifestyle:
Whether the animal is solitary or sociable...
Solitary
Conservation Status:
The likelihood of the animal becoming extinct...
Threatened
Colour:
The colour of the animal's coat or markings...
Brown, Green, Grey
Skin Type:
The protective layer of the animal...
Scales
Favourite Food:Fish
Habitat:
The specific area where the animal lives...
Warm, quiet and murky water
Average Litter Size:
The average number of babies born at once...
2
Main Prey:
The food that the animal gains energy from...
Fish, Turtles, Mammals
Predators:
Other animals that hunt and eat the animal...
Human
Distinctive Features:
Characteristics unique to the animal...
Armoured skin and large mouth with snapping jaw

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