Crocodiles are large reptiles found across the tropics in Asia, Australia, Africa and the Americas, with the term often being applied to all members of the Crocodilia order. Members of the order include true crocodiles like the Nile crocodile and saltwater crocodile, the gharial, the alligators, and the caimans.
Diet, Reproduction, and Adaptation
Crocodiles are adept at ambushing their prey, lying in wait for their quarry to come close before making a rushing attack. Their diet includes small to medium amphibians, fish, crustaceans, reptiles, mammals, birds, and occasionally even prey on smaller crocodiles. They lay eggs in mounds and nests after mating takes place in the water. The incubation period lasts between 65 and 95 days. Crocodiles can move around swiftly in the water because of their tail. Their eyes, ears, and snout are located on top of the head to aid them in seeing, smelling and hearing when the rest of the body is submerged in water.
They are one of the most social reptiles, spending much of their time congregated into groups.