Crocodiles

Nature, Crocodile, Nile Crocodile

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

Crocodiles are hunters and wait for fish or unsuspecting land animals to come close to their habitats. They then attack by using their tails which are hooked and very powerful. The animals swallow their predators . The digestion is done through the secretion of powerful bile acid which helps 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 individual’s speed, they could attack so swiftly before a person can react. The most dangerous of the animals include 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 others. The Saltwater are common in Asian countries. However a species called Mugger Crocodiles and Black Caiman are extremely dangerous to humans.

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