Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Animal Week : Crocodile


27 July Tuesday - Ngom Ngom

A crocodile is any species belonging to the family Crocodylidae.Crocodiles tend to live in freshwater , like rivers , lakes , wetlands and brackish waters.They feed mostly on vertebrates like fish, reptiles, and mammals, sometimes on invertebrates like mollusks and crustaceans, depending on species.Lets just say they just don't eat vegetables !! Crocodiles are ancient animals , they lived past the ages of extinction of the dinosaurs.They survived until today , evolved and fit for the modern environment.Crocodiles have large teeth and jaw , able to grab and kill his victim or prey in a matter of minutes.They have the best bite force in the animal kingdom , a bite force more than 5000 pounds per square inch !!!

Crocodiles are ambush hunters , they hide and wait.If the time comes , it would strike and pull away his victim into eternal darkness.They are like living traps , killing and pulling you when you least expected.They are cold blooded predators , means they would have slower metabolism and could live without eating food for a long period of time.

Despite being slow , crocodiles are top predators of their environment.They could even go toe-to-toe with Sharks !!! Crocodiles tend to have a symbiotic relationship with Egyptian Plover.According to reports , the plovers feed on parasites living inside the jaws of crocodiles.They help the crocodiles to clean and chew off bits and parasites of the crocodiles' jaws.

Many large crocodilians swallow stones (called gastroliths or stomach stones) which may act as ballast to balance their body or assist in crushing food , similar to grit in birds.Imagine us swallowing stones for better digestion , we might as well die later on but crocodiles don't so its okay for them.Crocodiles don't have sweat glands , they often release heat my opening their jaws during when they are sleeping and they would sometimes also pant like dogs.Crocodiles are said to have homing instincts.Three crocodiles were relocated to Northern Australia , these three crocodiles moved back to their original home within three weeks.

Larger species of crocodiles are very dangerous and could pose a serious threat against us.Their ability to strike us before we could even react is their deadly strategy.The Nile Crocodile and The Saltwater Crocodile are among the most dangerous species , killing hundreds in south east Asia and Africa.American Crocodiles are less aggressive and rarely attacks humans or uses any provocations towards humans.

Crocodile leather can be made into briefcases , purses , wallets , belts , bags and many others.Their meat is also edible.

Ops my pencil is broken , beautiful creatures !


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