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Dino Days-Crocs Rule | Crocodile Smiles | Smart Reptiles | The Gharial and the Monkey | A Crocodile Hunter | Cinderella Crocodile | Croc Speak



Crocodile Smiles

"In some parts of Java it is believed that crocodiles are related to people and protect them from illness. The people bring regular sacrifices to the riverside. After the birth of a child, the women of those regions will wrap the placenta up in leaves, place little lamps on it, and let it float downriver as an offering to the ancestors, whose spirits are now living in the crocodiles." - Jan Knappert



Want to know the difference between an alligator and a crocodile? Their teeth are a good way to tell them apart.

Almost all of the crocodile's teeth stay on the outside of the mouth when closed. The upper and lower teeth showing makes them look like they are smiling.

Gharial teeth look like a zipper; they are all about the same size. With teeth like these, who needs to chew?

The alligator has a slight overbite--the bottom teeth fit inside the top.

Baby crocodiles are born with an "egg tooth" that falls off soon after hatching. Crocodilians are built to grab and tear their food. All crocs have at least 60 teeth which help them catch their prey. They may have as many as 3,000 teeth in the course of a lifetime.


Dino Days-Crocs Rule | Crocodile Smiles | Smart Reptiles | The Gharial and the Monkey | A Crocodile Hunter | Cinderella Crocodile | Croc Speak

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