Crocodile Facts For Kids Ages 9-12
In the Clouducated Kids Nonfiction Book, Crocodile Facts For Kids, you will learn many interesting crocodile facts.
- Crocodiles are reptiles: Crocodiles & alligators belong to a class or group of animals called Reptilia. Reptiles are cold-blooded animals that have scaly skin, breathe oxygen through their lungs, and lay eggs. There are four main groups of reptiles: turtles and tortoises, lizards and snakes, crocodiles and alligators, and the tuatara.
- Crocodiles are related to dinosaurs: Crocodiles and alligators belong to an order or group of reptiles called Crocodilia. Crocodiles have lived on Earth for over 200 million years. They were around when the dinosaurs roamed the Earth! Crocodiles are very closely related to the dinosaur. They both belong to a subclass of reptiles called Archosauria. Archosaurs are called the “ruling reptiles.” During the age of the dinosaurs, some crocodiles were more than twice the size of crocodiles today. Fossil remains show that they once grew to over 40 feet (12 m) in length!
- Crocodiles have many teeth: Crocodiles have long snouts with strong powerful jaws and sharp teeth! Crocodiles have at least 60 sharp, pointed teeth that are used for capturing prey. The exact number of teeth depends on the species. Most of the teeth are canine teeth that are designed to stab deeply into prey. Crocodiles have a never-ending supply of teeth! They grow new teeth to replace lost and broken ones. They are able to replace a full set of teeth up to 50 times. Crocodiles may go through 3,000 teeth in a lifetime!
- Crocodiles are hunted: Humans hunt crocodiles for their skin and teeth. The skins are made into expensive purses, wallets, belts, shoes, boots, and saddles. Millions of crocodiles have been killed and some species have come close to extinction because of this practice.
In Crocodile Facts For Kids you will learn:
- Crocodiles Are Reptiles
- Crocodiles Are Crocodilians
- Crocodiles Are Cold-Blooded
- Crocodiles Are Vertebrates
- What Crocodiles Look Like
- Where Crocodiles Live
- How Crocodiles Move
- How Crocodiles Talk
- How Crocodiles Build Nests
- Where Crocodiles Lay Eggs
- What Baby Crocodiles Are Called
- Mother Crocodiles Take Care of Their Young
- What Crocodiles Eat
- How Crocodiles Hunt