American crocodile (Crocodylus acutus)) basking in the sun in the Florida Everglades
During colder months, crocodiles hibernate or go dormant. Crocodiles will also go dormant during long periods of drought. To create a place to hibernate, they dig out a burrow in the side of a river bank or lake and settle in for a long sleep.
Crocodiles are one of the most well-known and fearsome animals in the world. Their powerful bodies, strong jaws, and immense speed and agility along with their unparalleled stealth, leads to them being one of the world’s most apex predators in their natural environments.
By Nobu Tamura (http://spinops.blogspot.com) - Own work, CC BY 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=19458971 Purussaurus brasiliensis, a 12 m long alligatoridae from the Miocene of Brazil, pencil drawing Nobu Tamura (http://spinops.blogspot.com) / CC BY 3.0
Pencil drawing of Purussaurus brasiliensis, a 12 m long alligatoridae from the Miocene of Brazil.
By Apokryltaros at English Wikipedia, CC BY 2.5, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=6865899 My reconstruction of the giant Pliocene gharial, Rhamphosuchus crassidens, with a Ganges river dolphin for size comparison. Apokryltaros at English Wikipedia / CC BY-SA 3.0
Reconstruction of the giant Pliocene gharial, Rhamphosuchus crassidens, with a Ganges river dolphin for size comparison.
Deinosuchus hatcheri - Natural History Museum of UtahFossil specimen in the Natural History Museum of Utah, Salt Lake City, Utah, USA. Photography was permitted in the museum without restriction. By Daderot - Own work, CC0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=26954449 Daderot / CC0 1.0
Deinosuchus are part of the crocodylians — the group that includes modern alligators, crocodiles and gharials.
By Joerim - Own work, CC BY 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=12528546 Joerim / CC BY 3.0
The Gryposuchus croizati is one of the largest crocodiles who ever live in Venezuela.