Crocodiles reproduce by copulation. Copulation generally occurs in the water, and if fertilization occurs, the female crocodile will become pregnant and then lay her eggs.Know More
Crocodile copulation doesn't happen until a somewhat complex courtship occurs. The male crocodile rubs its body against the female, and if she is receptive, she makes vocalizations so that he knows to proceed.
A female crocodile lays between 12 to 48 eggs in a nest after mating. Nile crocodiles dig a hole, then deposit the eggs and refill it with dirt. Saltwater crocodiles build a mound of dirt and plants to place their eggs in.
The eggs hatch after 2 to 3 months, when the crocodile young are fully developed.Learn more about Crocodiles
The life span of crocodiles varies depending on the species. In the wild, large crocodile species tend to live between 60 and 70 years, while smaller species live for 30 to 40 years on average.Full Answer >
Crocodiles are not dinosaurs, but the two groups are closely related. Both dinosaurs and crocodiles are considered archosaurs, a special group of reptiles that are distinguished from similar animals by having a single distinct skull opening in front of each eye.Full Answer >
According to the University of Florida, crocodiles have ears; however, they do not have visible external parts like mammals. Crocodiles have slits on the top of their heads that lead to the inner ears. When a crocodile submerges, the slits are covered by flaps of skin that protect the eardrums.Full Answer >
While crocodiles are most dangerous in shallow water and at the shoreline, they can still attack underwater. According to CrocBITE, crocodiles have a special valve in their throats that keeps water out, allowing them to open their mouths and bite even when they are fully submerged.Full Answer >