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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: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

Crocodile Location

Map of Crocodile Locations

Crocodile

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.

Crocodile Translations

български език
Крокодили (род)
Català
Crocodylus
Cesky
Krokodýl
Deutsch
Crocodylus
English
Crocodile
Esperanto
Krokodilo
Español
Crocodylus
עִבְרִית
תנין (סוג)
Magyar
Crocodylus
Italiano
Crocodylus
日本語
クロコダイル属
Latina
Crocodylus
Nederlands
Crocodylus
Polski
Crocodylus
Português
Crocodylus
Svenska
Crocodylus
Türkçe
Crocodylus
中文
鱷屬

Crocodile Comments

ezrayah
"Man this animal is awesome because it is epic."
ezrayah
"This crocodile is so awesome I wish it was my pet."
ilac
"what is the difference between crocodile and alligator?"
mikey
"cool crocodil"
Oliver
"Crocodiles are awesome."
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First Published: 10th November 2008, Last Updated: 9th January 2017 [View Sources]

Sources:
1. David Burnie, Dorling Kindersley (2008) Illustrated Encyclopedia Of Animals [Accessed at: 10 Nov 2008]
2. David Burnie, Kingfisher (2011) The Kingfisher Animal Encyclopedia [Accessed at: 01 Jan 2011]
3. Dorling Kindersley (2006) Dorling Kindersley Encyclopedia Of Animals [Accessed at: 10 Nov 2008]
4. Richard Mackay, University of California Press (2009) The Atlas Of Endangered Species [Accessed at: 01 Jan 2009]
5. Tom Jackson, Lorenz Books (2007) The World Encyclopedia Of Animals [Accessed at: 10 Nov 2008]

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