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22 Facts That May Actually Make You Like Australian Crocodiles

Crocodiles may be a bit scary sometimes, but there is probably a lot you don’t know about these amazing creatures.

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1. On land, they are quite slow-moving.

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And that's kind of cute, right? The slowest crocodiles move at the same pace as crabs (12km/h), and they can reach 18 km/h when they're in a hurry. Still slower than sheep!

2. But they become speedy AF in the water.

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Crocodiles can swim at 40km/h just with the help of their tail. Thought you were a fast swimmer?

3. They can jump out of the water.

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And in a sexy way too! Crocodiles can jump up to two metres out of the water thanks to their magic tail!

4. It’s a miracle crocodiles survive their first year after birth.

99% of crocodile babies are eaten in the first year after birth. The crocodile mum lays 10 to 60 eggs at a time, and takes care of them for three months. But most of them get eaten by predators.
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99% of crocodile babies are eaten in the first year after birth. The crocodile mum lays 10 to 60 eggs at a time, and takes care of them for three months. But most of them get eaten by predators.

5. The croc babies sound like little birds.

When the baby crocodiles are about to hatch, they make chirping sounds so their mum can help them get out of the nest.
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When the baby crocodiles are about to hatch, they make chirping sounds so their mum can help them get out of the nest.

6. They are extremely patient creatures.

"Patient like a crocodile" is not a saying, but it should be. They lay still for many hours and can hold their breath for up to an hour by reducing their heart rate.
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"Patient like a crocodile" is not a saying, but it should be. They lay still for many hours and can hold their breath for up to an hour by reducing their heart rate.

7. They're not really big talkers.

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The muscles that induce the closing of the jaw are way stronger than the ones which open the jaw.

8. They sweat through their mouth.

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When crocodiles sit on river banks with their mouths open, they don't mean to be scary, they're just trying to cool off by releasing heat through their mouths.

9. They're great actors.

They can cry crocodile tears like any good actor. When they eat, crocodiles also swallow air. When the air hits their lachrymal glands it forces tears to flow.
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They can cry crocodile tears like any good actor. When they eat, crocodiles also swallow air. When the air hits their lachrymal glands it forces tears to flow.

10. They’re tough AF.

The skin on their belly is super soft, but on their back they have bony structures to protect their very delicate insides.
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The skin on their belly is super soft, but on their back they have bony structures to protect their very delicate insides.

11. They are cold-blooded.

They don't generate their own heat so they live in tropical areas, especially close to the wetlands. Hard life, eh?
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They don't generate their own heat so they live in tropical areas, especially close to the wetlands. Hard life, eh?

12. They're basically spies with their amazing eyesight.

When submerged, special transparent eyelids enable crocodiles to see underwater. They have very effective eyesight at night too.
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When submerged, special transparent eyelids enable crocodiles to see underwater. They have very effective eyesight at night too.

13. They have the ability to replace their teeth up to 50 times in their lifetime.

They are polyphyodonts so they have new permanent teeth grow in the jaws, standing next to the old teeth.
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They are polyphyodonts so they have new permanent teeth grow in the jaws, standing next to the old teeth.

14. They nest on beautiful beaches.

They usually pick the nicest spots to nest, and can end up having a whole beach to themselves. Clever, right?
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They usually pick the nicest spots to nest, and can end up having a whole beach to themselves. Clever, right?

15. The temperature of the nest determines whether baby crocs are male or female.

When the nest is 31.6ºC you have male crocs. If the temperature drops below or rises above this, you get baby girls!
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When the nest is 31.6ºC you have male crocs. If the temperature drops below or rises above this, you get baby girls!

16. They come in all shapes and sizes, just like us humans.

Some are small, some are really big. The smallest species goes by the name dwarf crocodile. See, just like us, small and big, everyone's happy.
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Some are small, some are really big. The smallest species goes by the name dwarf crocodile. See, just like us, small and big, everyone's happy.

17. They make even the tallest basketballers look ridiculously small.

Australian saltwater crocodiles are the largest reptile in the world. They can be up to seven metres long. And we brag when we’re two metres tall!
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Australian saltwater crocodiles are the largest reptile in the world. They can be up to seven metres long. And we brag when we’re two metres tall!

18. Their poo is white.

We would imagine something else coming out of these huge bodies but they poo just like birds!
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We would imagine something else coming out of these huge bodies but they poo just like birds!

19. They don’t chew, they just swallow their food.

Crocodile grasp and crush food with their jaws. They don’t chew. They often just swallow stones to grind the food inside their stomachs.
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Crocodile grasp and crush food with their jaws. They don’t chew. They often just swallow stones to grind the food inside their stomachs.

20. Their body has evolved to adapt to their surroundings.

Their ears, eyes, and nostrils are on the top of their head, so they can lie low in the water and chill there for hours. I want it!
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Their ears, eyes, and nostrils are on the top of their head, so they can lie low in the water and chill there for hours. I want it!

21. They’ve been here a very, very long time.

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Crocodiles first appeared 240 million years ago, at the same time as dinosaurs, who are their closest relatives. Oh well, nothing too scary there.

22. And they’re best viewed from afar.

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Yeah, they are nice guys, but they don't like to be disturbed. Keep your distance, and everything will be okay.