Mary Grace has taught first grade for 8 years and has a Bachelor's degree in Elementary Education and is licensed in ESL.
What Do Crocodiles Look Like?
Who gives crocodiles presents at Christmas? Santa Jaws!
You and your friends have started telling each other silly animal jokes. When you heard the Santa Jaws joke, you started to get really curious about crocodiles. You've seen a crocodile at the zoo- or is it an alligator? What's the difference? Read on to learn more facts about crocodiles!
Crocodiles are a type of animal called a reptile, meaning they have cold blood, lay eggs, and are covered in scales. They are very large animals and can grow to be 2,000 pounds! That is one ton! They are usually around 500 pounds though, which is still the same weight as a piano! Most crocodiles grow to be as long as a car! They have thick skin that is covered with bony plates and they have sharp, pointy teeth. Even though they look scary, crocodiles have very short legs. They look a lot like alligators, but there is one way to tell them apart: crocodiles have pointy snouts like the letter v, while alligators have curved snouts like the letter u.
Where Do Crocodiles Live?
Crocodiles live in warm areas like lagoons and swamps. A lagoon is a saltwater pool that is close to the ocean but separated by land. They mostly live in the continent of Africa but they can also live in America, Asia, and Australia. They can swim in the water and walk on the land!
What Do Crocodiles Eat?
Crocodiles are carnivores. This means that they eat only meat. They eat small animals like fish and turtles but can also eat bigger animals like pigs and buffalo! They drag their food into the water and eat in the water. They don't chew their food, instead swallowing whole pieces of meat. Sometimes they even eat stones and pebbles so the food can digest more quickly in their stomachs! Crocodiles can go two whole years without eating! They are very dangerous because of their size and sharp teeth, but they move very slow on land, about 7 miles per hour. This is about as fast as a person can run. However, you wouldn't want to race a crocodile in the water! Some types of crocodiles can swim faster than 20 miles per hour.
Fun Facts and Jokes about Crocodiles
- What is a crocodile's favorite drink? Gator-ade!
- Why did the rooster marry the crocodile? Because croc-a-doodle-doo is a great family name!
- Crocodiles can live for more than 50 years!
- Crocodiles have been on the earth for 240 million years. They lived at the same time as the dinosaurs!
- Crocodiles cannot sweat. They sit with their mouths open a lot because this cools their bodies down!
Crocodiles are huge reptiles that live primarily in Africa and only eat meat, like fish, turtles, pigs, and buffalo. They look a lot like alligators except for the shape of their snouts. They commonly weigh about 500 pounds, grow to be as long as a car, and can run 7 miles per hour on land.
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