Five groups that classify all living things
A group of animals within the animal kingdom
A group of animals within a pylum
A group of animals within a class
A group of animals within an order
A group of animals within a family
Comprised of the genus followed by the species
The animal group that the species belongs to
What kind of foods the animal eats
How long (L) or tall (H) the animal is
|1m - 7m (3.3ft - 22ft)|
The measurement of how heavy the animal is
|1,000kg - 1,133kg (2,200lbs - 2,500lbs)|
The fastest recorded speed of the animal
How long the animal lives for
|40 - 70 years|
Whether the animal is solitary or sociable
The likelihood of the animal becoming extinct
The colour of the animal's coat or markings
|Brown, Green, Grey|
The protective layer of the animal
The specific area where the animal lives
|Warm, quiet and murky water|
|Average Litter Size:|
The average number of babies born at once
|Main Prey:||Fish, Turtles, Mammals|
Other animals that hunt and eat the animal
Characteristics unique to the animal
|Armoured skin and large mouth with snapping jaw|
CrocodileCrocodiles 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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First Published: 10th November 2008, Last Updated: 9th January 2017 [View Sources]
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