Crocodilia – Crocodilians
Crocodilians, the fearsome-looking living-fossils can be extremely gentle with their young when lining them up in their mouths
Crocodilians include crocodiles, alligators, caimans, and the gharial. Members of this semi-aquatic order are usually found in freshwater or brackish habitats like rivers and lakes. A few species, like the American crocodile and the saltwater crocodile, are comfortable in marine environments, too, with migratory habits we are still discovering.
Crocodilians are highly adapted to hunting in the water with a flap of skin that closes at the backs of their mouths, ears, and nostrils, preventing water from rushing into their lungs when they hunt underwater. They have been known to work in groups to take down large prey. Unlike many reptiles, females remain with their young for several months.
They regrow teeth, just like sharks & continue growing their entire life.
Families in this order
The grumpy old crocodiles, unlike alligators, can’t keep their teeth hidden. Take it as a warning sign!
U-shaped snout? It’s an alligator! V-shaped snout? A crocodile!
A truly remarkable crocodilian on which rides the holy river Ganges