Crocodile Facts for Kids
Who are the largest reptiles on Earth?
The crocodiles are. They have a hard scaly skin, a long tail, short legs and very sharp teeth. The world's largest crocodile is the Gustave Crocodile or maybe its Lolong the giant crocodile captured in the Philippines.
Do you know where do crocodiles live?
Crocodiles live in tropical and subtropical Africa, India, Southeast Asia, America and Australia in wet environments - rivers, lakes, coastal areas and wetlands.
There are freshwater crocodiles and saltwater crocodiles. Freshwater crocodiles are smaller and their teeth have identical sizes. Meanwhile, the saltwater crocodiles are bigger, have teeth of different sizes and are more dangerous to humans.
In water crocodiles remain hidden underwater, the only thing you'll see are the eyes and nostrils. So they can breathe more easily and catch prey that are approaching the water. They swim very well with the help of their long and powerful tail.
On the ground the crocodiles like to sunbathe with their mouths open and also make their nests.
Do you know what do crocodiles eat?
Small mammals, rats, snakes, antelopes, zebras, fish, turtles, birds, pets. They grab their prey and carry them to the bottom of the water to drown. Then come to the surface of the water to eat.
Did you know that crocodiles do not use their teeth to chew food?
It's true, the crocodile's teeth are just used to grab food with some nasty crocodile bite. They usually swallow the food whole or in big chunks.
Did you know that crocodiles lay eggs?
True, the mother crocodile lays her eggs on the ground and bury them to protect them from some animals that like to eat them. The mother crocodile and sometimes the father crocodile stay close to the nest, protecting it.
Did you know that baby crocodiles inside the eggs make sounds to call the mother?
When the mother hears the sounds of baby crocodiles, she will soon dig up the eggs of the sand to help them hatch. Then take baby crocodiles into the water, where they will eat mostly insects.
Some more Crocodile trivia
The crocodiles are protected species. But, for many years, have been hunted for their skins much appreciated to make crocodile leather bags, shoes and other things.
Here you can also check out some interesting alligator facts for kids or find what are the alligator and crocodile differences.