The world’s largest reptile, crocodile is the animal most likely to eat human! What a scary creature, isn’t it? They are members of the order Crocodilia, which also includes caimans and alligators. There are 13 species of them, in a variety of sizes.
What does crocodile eat?
This predator is, like the komodo dragon, a carnivore. Like a true opportunistic predator, crocodile will calmly wait beneath the surface, waiting for its prey to come for a sip of water. They will feed with almost anything they can get their jaws on, including water buffalo, monkeys, wild boar, and even sharks. Without any warning, they literally explode from the water, grab their victim and drag it down. Cruel, isn’t it?
Saltwater crocodiles have an enormous range, populating the freshwater regions of Eastern India, Southeast Asia, and Northern Australia. They are excellent swimmers and have often been spotted far out at sea. Crocs normally live near lakes, rivers, wetlands and even some saltwater regions. This animal is cold-blooded which means it hibernates during the cold months.
How big are they?
Average-size males reach 17 feet and 1,000 pounds, but specimens 23 feet long and weighing 4,400 pounds are not uncommon. The largest one ever found was 6,17 metres long.
Crocodiles lay 10 to 60 eggs at a time. The hatchlings stay in their eggs for 55 to 110 days. They are 7 to 10 inches long when they are born and don’t mature until they are 4 to 15 years. How long a crocodile lives depends on its species. Some only live to around 30 years, while others live up to 75 years.
The high walk and low walk.
The high walk of crocodilians, with the belly and most of the tail being held off the ground, is unique among living reptiles. It somewhat resembles the walk of a mammal, with the same sequence of limb movements. The low walk is similar to the high walk, but without the body being raised, and is quite different from the sprawling walk of salamanders and lizards.
Although slow on the land, crocodile can produce a speed up to 8.7 miles per hour. Along with that, these vicious predators have some of the strongest bite forces in the animal kingdom. So don’t mess with them!
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