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Sunday, 10 August 2014

Crocodile

In 2001 it was announced that scientists had unearthed the remains of an ancient crocodile which lived 110 million years ago. The animal, found in Gadoufaoua, Niger, grew as long as 40 feet and weighed as much as eight metric tons.

A crocodile escaped out of a duffel bag onboard an internal flight in the Democratic Republic of the Congo on August 25, 2010. This caused the frightened passengers to move to the front of the plane, resulting in the aircraft crashing on approach to Bandundu Airport, killing 20 people.

The phrase "crocodile tears" refers to a medieval belief that crocodiles shed tears of sadness when killing and consuming their prey

An Indonesian prison announced in 2015 a plan to use crocodiles as guards for death row drug convicts.

A crocodile cannot stick its tongue out.

Crocodiles have no lips and can hold their breath for an hour.


A crocodile in cold water can hold its breath for eight hours. In warm water, its only 15 minutes.

The Nile Crocodile can hold its breath underwater for up to two hours while waiting for prey.

The dwarf crocodiles living in the Abanda cave system in Gabon have turned bright orange, due to bat guano bleaching their skin.

A crocodile cannot chew. Its digestive juices are so strong that it can digest a steel nail.

A crocodile's mouth can be held shut with a rubber band because its jaws have very little opening strength.

The saltwater crocodiles of Australia have brains the size of a walnut.

During the water bird’s nesting season, crocodiles will balance sticks over their snouts in order to lure birds that are searching for nesting material.

Crocodiles are fast on their feet, but cannot turn very well. If one is chasing you, run in zig zag lines.

A group of crocodiles is called a bask.

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