Most crocodiles can sprint at a maximum speed of 6 to 7 miles per hour. The fastest crocodile on record was clocked at 11 miles per hour, during a full gallop. By contrast, top human race-walkers reach speeds of 8 miles per hour without breaking into a full run.Continue Reading
The top speed available to an animal is partially due to its gait. Most crocodiles can perform what is called a belly run when walking or crawling is too slow. In a belly run, the body sways from side to side in an S-shaped motion, like the slithering of a snake, while the legs sprawl off to the sides. Although this is not a very fast run compared to what most prey are capable of, crocodiles are able to accelerate very quickly from a standing start and take other animals by surprise.
The gallop, which is a faster gait, is not available to all crocodiles. Smaller crocodiles and some larger ones perform the gallop by making large strides with fully stretched legs, somewhat like the bounding of a rabbit. As of 2012, the top human running speed is 27 miles per hour.Learn more about Crocodiles
There are crocodiles found in Florida, but only in the southern part. However, the American crocodile species, the biggest of all crocodile species, is endangered and has a small population in Florida relative to its numbers in Central America, the upper part of South America and the Caribbean.Full Answer >
Crocodiles use defense mechanisms like camouflage and distress calls that alert nearby crocodiles of danger, both of which help protect themselves against predators. Their hard, scaly exterior also provides a protective barrier against attacks, as well as their own aptitude to attack and drown a threat or prey.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 >
While crocodiles are most dangerous in shallow water and at the shoreline, they can still attack underwater. According to CrocBITE, crocodiles have a special valve in their throats that keeps water out, allowing them to open their mouths and bite even when they are fully submerged.Full Answer >