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Updated on July 4, 2013

What Are Crocodiles?

Crocodiles are reptiles that live in many continents such as Africa, Asia, Australia, and the Americas, but crocodiles can only live in tropical areas. These ambush hunters wait for their prey to come close, and then out of no where, the crocodile strikes, and then the battle is over. The crocodile has a tasty meal. Crocodiles are strong animals that are good hunters.


The size of different crocodile species is very various. For example, Dwarf Crocodiles are 5 feet long while the Saltwater Crocodile can grow up to 18 feet! The largest crocodile held in capacity was an immense 19 feet and 8 inches!

What Do Crocodiles Eat

Any animal living near a crocodile is considered as prey. Crocodiles eat fish, buffalo, zebras, humans, insects, and everything else that gets near the water. Crocodiles wait for their prey to get too close, and then the crocodile strikes. Crocodile have also been able to eat cattle.

Difference Between Alligators and Crocodiles

Alligators have broad snouts, a grayish black color, tend to run away in the wild, and you can't see an alligator's teeth when it's mouth is closed. On the other hand, a crocodile has a thinner snout, a tan color, have tempers, don't tend to run off in the wild, and crocodiles can be found all over the world while alligators can only be found in some parts of China and the southeastern United States.

How Do You Like Crocodiles?

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      Ellen Gregory 5 years ago from Connecticut, USA

      I like them from the distance -- don't want to meet one in person. Great lens.