Salt Water Crocodiles

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Salt Water Crocodiles :

By Misha and Benjamin Salt Water Crocodiles

Contents :

Habitats Adaptations Food chain Eating habits Human impact Future Reason of choice Contents

Habitats :

Saltwater crocodiles normally spend the wet season in freshwater swamps and rivers moving downstream in the dry season, and sometimes travelling far out to sea. Crocodiles compete with each other for territory, dominant males in particular occupying more freshwater creeks and streams. Juvenile crocodiles are forced into the more marginal river systems and sometimes into the ocean. This explains the large distribution of the animal (ranging from the east coast of India to northern Australia) as well as its being found in odd places on occasion (such as the Sea of Japan) Habitats

Adaptations:

Adaptations Long flat tail for swimming at high speeds Web feat for swimming smoothly through the water Large jaws for tearing of meat thick scales for defense

Food chain:

Food chain Salt water crocodile Baby Salt water crocodile birds Antelope Shell fish Fish buffalo

Eating habits :

The saltwater crocodile is a predator capable of taking nearly any animal that enters its territory crocodiles are capable of explosive bursts of speed when launching an attack from the water, but stories of crocodiles being faster than a race horse for short distances across the ground are little more than urban legend. At the water's edge, however, where they can combine propulsion from both feet and tail, eyewitness accounts are rare. It usually waits for its prey to get close to the water's edge before striking, using its great strength to drag the animal back into the water. Most prey animals are killed by the great jaw pressure of the crocodile, although some animals may be incidentally drowned. It is an extremely powerful animal in one case, a one-tone Suffolk stallion known to haul over two tons was pulled into water to its demise by a large male crocodile. A large croc can crush a full-grown bovid skull between its jaws. It’s typical hunting technique is known as the "death roll": it grabs onto the animal and rolls powerfully. This throws any struggling large animal off balance, making it easier to drag it into the water. The "death roll" is also used for tearing apart large animals once they are dead. Eating habits

Human impact :

Humans have been responsible for the deaths of many crocodilian species and crocodiles. Humans kill crocodiles for many reasons: they regard them as a threat for their leathery hide for hunting purposes for making new territory. Human impact

future :

the salt water crocodile is an endangered species and may soon become extinct They have set up laws against crocodile hunting and their numbers a slowly increasing. However there are not much crocodiles left so its still extremely endangered. future

Reason of choice:

We choose this animal because it’s a top predator and it is also a land and marine predator. We think it is an interesting reptile and It links back to two amazing animals sarcasucaus and dinosucuas. Reason of choice

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