Crocodiles

Crocodile, Tooth, Reptile, Alligator

Their classification name may include all members of the order like caimans and alligators. These are aquatic animals that live in the tropic of Africa, Asia, Australia and America. They can also be found in fresh water bodies such as big lakes, big rivers and wetlands. Their existence dates back to 200 million years and lived the great extinction unlike the dinosaurs which became extinct 65 million years back.

Crocodiles are hunters and await unsuspecting or fish land animals to come close to their habitats. They then attack by using their tails that are hooked and very powerful. The animals swallow their predators . The digestion is done through the secretion of strong bile acid which will help ease food absorption. They also swallow stones called gastroliths that act as ballast to help their bodies in crashing food. They have a very slow metabolism and can survive long periods without eating. They can attack big sea creatures like sharks and kill them.

Crocodiles are extremely dangerous to man. Even though they can’t keep up with the human’s speed, they can attack so quickly before a person can react. The most dangerous of these animals include Saltwater and the Nile Crocodiles that kill tens of thousands of humans each year in Africa and South-east Asia. The Nile crocodiles are natives of many African countries such as Kenya, Uganda, Senegal, Sudan and many others. The Saltwater are common in Asian countries. However a species known as Mugger Crocodiles and Black Caiman are very dangerous to humans.

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