This video tells a lot of amazing facts about the largest predator.
Crocodiles are reptiles that live in rivers, fresh water and in a special type of water that is a mixture of fresh and salt water.
How many species of crocodiles are there?
- A total of 23 species of crocodiles can be found.
The largest crocodile species is saltwater crocodile, also called Crocodylus Porosus. It was encountered from India to northern Australia and Fiji. It can reach 23 feet in length and 1 tonne in weight. And the smallest crocodile species is Dwarf crocodile from central Africa. It has a maximum length of 6.5 feet.
Facts you didn’t know about crocodiles:-
- They are fast over short distances.
- Their physical characteristics like- sharp teeth make them good predators.
- They have the strongest bite of any animal in the world.
- They are cold-blooded.
- A crocodile can survive without food for a long time.
- Most of them live in fresh water but some live in salt water.
- They release heat through their mouths rather than through sweat glands.
- Some crocodile species weigh over 1200 kg.
- They eat a variety of fish, birds and other animals.
- The muscles that open their jaws are not so powerful. It is the reason that strong people could hold a crocodile’s jaw closed with bare hands.
- They can swim at a speed of 25 mph with the help of their powerful tail.
- Farmed crocodiles can reach 1.5 metres (5ft) in length in just one year.
- When crocodiles sit on river banks with their mouths open, it s not aggression. It is their way to cool off as they sweat through their mouth.
- They display increased aggressiveness during the mating season.
- A crocodile’s jaw has 24 teeth that are meant to grasp and crush, not chew. They gulp down stones that pulverize food inside their stomachs and also act as ballast.
- A crocodile can live up to 80 years.
- They wipe their eyes when feeding, but only because their eyes form an overflowing mass of small bubbles when feasting.
- Crocodile skin is very soft and durable.