Crocodiles digest their food by holding it in the stomach and sending it to the intestine a little bit at a time. The acid found in the stomach helps break down food before it travels through the rest of the crocodile's digestive system.Continue Reading
Crocodiles are similar to humans because they use gastric acid to break down food. Unlike humans, these creatures have an adaptation that allows them to eat as much as 23 percent of their body weight in one sitting, according to Clara Moskowitz of LiveScience.
The crocodile has a special heart valve that allows blood to flow directly to the stomach instead of circulating through the lungs. This adaptation allows the crocodile to secrete gastric acid much faster than other animals. Without this adaptation, food would rot in the stomach while it waited to be sent to the intestine.Learn more about Crocodiles
Due to a restrictive membrane, crocodiles can't stick out their tongues. This membrane keeps the crocodile's tongue attached to the roof of its mouth rather than the base. The inability to stick out their tongues differentiates crocodiles from their relatives, the alligators.Full Answer >
Saltwater crocodiles are endangered because of habitat loss and human activities, such as illegal hunting and poaching. Saltwater crocodiles have few natural predators, but draw attention from humans for their meat, eggs and skin. Competition for space with human communities and their tendency to attack people in their territories also make saltwater crocodiles targets for kills by humans.Full Answer >
There are 14 species of crocodiles. They include the Cuban, African dwarf, slender snout, Yacare, Spectacled Caiman, Dwarf Caiman, freshwater, Gharial and broad snouted.Full Answer >
The main diet of the Nile crocodile is fish, but crocodiles are opportunistic hunters. They prey upon most anything that crosses their path, including zebras, small hippos, birds, rodents and other crocodiles. Common prey species include antelope, monkeys, gazelles, water buck and impala.Full Answer >