Crocodile


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A crocodile is a large reptile that lives in water. Crocodiles live in rivers, lakes and
dams in parts of America Asia, Africa and Australia. Some of the crocodiles from
Australia live in salt water. These saltwater crocodiles are normally bigger than the
ones that live in fresh water. While crocodiles spend most of their time in water,
they can come out and move around on the land. Crocodiles cannot breathe
underwater: they breathe air, just like people. They can hold their breath for a long
time underwater.

Crocodiles eat other animals as food. These other animals include fish and animals
that come to drink at the river, like buck and cows. Crocodiles can and do eat
people. Crocodiles often ambush the animals that they eat, lying in wait and then
catching them by surprise. They grab them with their long, powerful jaws and drag
them into the water. While in the water they roll over and over, so that the animal
is disoriented and finds it difficult to fight back. When the animal has drowned, they
begin to eat.

The difference between an alligator and a crocodile is, that you can not see the
fourth tooth in the lower jaw of an alligator when the alligator's mouth is closed.
You can see the fourth tooth in the lower jaw of a crocodile when its mouth is
closed. Sometimes it is said, that alligators have as wide a snout as crocodiles
have a narrow snout, but there are also some crocodiles with wide snouts.

While often confused with each other, alligators and crocodiles belong to two
quite separate families, and are as different from one another as humans are from
gorillas. As for appearance, one generally reliable rule is that alligators have U-
shaped heads, while crocodiles' heads are V-shaped.

The name "Crocodile" can also sometimes be used for any member of the order
Crocodilia.

The Nile crocodile (Crocodylus niloticus) is one of the 3 species of crocodiles found
in Africa, and the second largest species of crocodile. Nile crocodiles can be found
throughout most of Africa south of the Sahara, and on the island of Madagascar.
The Nile crocodile can, and sometimes will, easily snatch and devour a human.
While it is no longer threatened with extinction as a species, the population in
many countries is in danger of vanishing.

See also

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