Return to Contents Return to Index
One of the largest reptiles on earth is the crocodile. The have been known to grow up to nine meters in length.
Lakes, swamps, rivers and seas around the northern coast of Australia are the crocs natural habitat and they live in water, which is up to thirty degrees Celsius. They eat all kinds of animals such as crabs, fish, turtles, birds, lizards and even large mammals. They have also been known to attack and eat humans.
They can lay between thirty and seventy eggs and after three months the mother crocodile digs up the eggs and helps the babies hatch. She does that by rolling the eggs in her mouth. The babies are taken down to the water. They can swim at birth but need to be closely guarded for protection from predators.
Crocodiles and alligators are totally different. The differences are mainly based in the appearance of the bone structure in the lining of the face. Some of the external, differences are the bone structure on the side of the snout of a crocodile or alligator. Also the number of teeth and large knobs in the nape of the neck differ in the different species. Also the characters of the dorsal plate are different.