The Crocodilian Tongue -
American Alligator: Sometimes known as the "Keeper
of the Everglades," the American alligator uses its snout
to dredge narrow swamp channels and claws to rip up vegetation.
Clutch: a litter of crocodile eggs.
Cold-blooded: having a body temperature that approximates that of the surrounding air, land or water. The reptilian thermostat, or lack thereof,
which makes crocs seek desirable warm water and air temperature.
They must have a warm environment the year round. Alligators
are able to tolerate slightly colder waters.
Eyeshine: the red reflector look of croc eyes in the dark,
and the best way to tell if they're around.
"Freshies": Freshwater varieties found in major
river systems all over the world.
Gaping-Crocodiles cool themselves by holding their mouths
open, just like panting dogs do. Evaporation from the mouth
can cool them off even while they lie in the sun for hours.
Gator Holes: Dried-up water holes that alligators dig out,
supplying themselves and other animals with a well during drought season.
hollows in the mud can be as much as 65 feet in length.
Gavial: A mispronunciation of the word "gharial,"
which means "jar" in the Southern Indian dialect. Gavials
are the sole living member of the family Gavilalidae, and one of
the largest extant crocodilians. Once near extinction, successful
breeding programs have stabilized their population.
Mugger: the common name for the Crocodylus Palustris which
can be found in the river systems of India.
Third Eyelid:-The protective translucent eyelid that allows
crocs to see and swim at the same time. It is like swimmers' goggles,
"Salties": Saltwater crocs that live off the
coast of Australia and India. They are among the largest crocodilians,
measuring up to 27 feet in length.