Hi all! You guessed it – Thursday is blog day, and today we’re taking a look at some fun facts about crocodiles. Why crocodiles, you may ask? Well, as you might already know, Rose wrote a series of books for kids that portray friendships and conversations between human boys and girls and animals. Mostly they talk about teeth (because Rose is a dentist, of course), and the stories aim to help children to see just how special and unique our teeth are.
I’ve seen a crocodile before, and my cousin actually works with them! Yup – it’s not just people teeth that are valuable to us tooth-fairies, you know! A crocodile’s tooth is strong; just what we need when building our castles! If you subscribe to my letters, I’ll tell you all about my visit with a crocodile!
Crocodiles are often seen as ‘monsters’ in the water, preying on helpless animals that come too close to the edge. But, when we truly understand the cycle of life, we understand that just like the majestic Bald Eagle would catch a mouse to eat, so a croc needs to survive, too. Sure, they look a little like dinosaurs, but that’s one of the things that makes them so unique!
So, here you go; some fun facts about crocodiles!
1 - crocodiles have been in existence for 240-million years (1-million years is a long time, but 240-million – wow)!
2 - a healthy croc can live for up to eighty years (don’t forget to eat your veggies)!
3 - only the strongest of baby crocs survive. Over ninety-percent of them are eaten by predators before they can grow to even be teenagers.
4 - crocs swallow stones to help them digest their food (they must be ‘heavy-eaters’)!
5 - crocodiles usually rest with their mouths wide open to stay cool, not to look scary (could’ve fooled me – yikes)!
6 - crocodiles can swim at speeds of up to twenty-five miles per hour.
7 - crocs can grow as fast as one and a half meters long in just one year (and here’s me; a whole one-inch tall in six years)!
8 - some crocs live in salt-water and others live in fresh-water.
9 - crocs have a symbiotic friendship with plover birds. Plovers clean their teeth for them, which provides food for the plover and clean teeth for the croc (not a job I would sign-up for, mind you)!
10 - crocodiles are only found in very hot places, because they are cold-blooded (which is why there are none in the North Pole)!
Wow – those are some pretty cool facts! We’re glad to have shared them with you!
If you’d like to read Rose’s book ‘If I Were a Crocodile’ you can find it here on her website, under the books page, or you can find it in eBook or paperback format on Amazon, in the link below.
Well, until next time… be sure to keep your eyes open when swimming in rivers and lakes where crocs might be. Actually, scrap that - rather don’t swim anywhere near where crocs might be! Hah!
If I Were a Crocodile