Crocodiles live in still and shallow waterways, such as rivers or swamps, in tropical climates throughout Asia, Africa, Australia and the Americas. Some species of crocodile prefer saltwater habitats, while others prefer freshwater.Continue Reading
American and Morelet's crocodiles, which are both found in the Caribbean regions of North and Central America, can be found mostly in rivers and swamps in both saltwater and freshwater. American crocodiles can be found as far north as south Florida.
African crocodiles, such as the slender-snouted crocodile and Nile crocodile, tend to prefer protected rivers, mangrove swamps and freshwater marshes. The Nile crocodile is also found in sub-Saharan Africa and Madagascar.Learn more about Crocodiles
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 >
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.Full Answer >
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 >
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 >