Interesting Facts About Crocodiles

September 10, 2009 | In: Animal facts for kids

There are 23 living species of crocodile.

The sex of a crocodile is determined on the basis of its temperature. Males are produced at around 31.6 deg C and females, at slightly lower or higher temperature.

Crocodiles reach sexual maturity between the ages of 8 to 12 years. Females lay 20 to 90 eggs at a time. They are ready to hatch within 90 days.

The oldest known alligator (Alligator mississippiensis) was 66 years old when she died in Australia in 1978.

The largest crocodile species is saltwater crocodile.It can reach 7 m (23 ft) in length and 1 tonne in weight!

The jaws of a croc can exert 2,000 pounds of pressure per square inch.

If you see a croc on the riverbank with its mouth wide open, don’t worry – this is not an aggressive gesture. It’s just the crocodile’s way of cooling off since they sweat through the mouth.

Newly born crocodiles are between 15 and 20 cm long.

A crocodile can hibernate between 5 to 6 months without the need of any food.

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July 26th, 2010 at 11:44 am

The temperature of an alligator’s nest determines whether the baby alligators will be male or female. If the nest is below 30 degrees Celsius (86 F) all the babies will be female; above 34 degrees Celsius (93 F) all are the babies will be male. Nests at temperatures in between will produce both male and female alligators.

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