Most crocodiles can sprint at a maximum speed of 6 to 7 miles per hour. The fastest crocodile on record was clocked at 11 miles per hour, during a full gallop. By contrast, top human race-walkers reach speeds of 8 miles per hour without breaking into a full run.Know More
The top speed available to an animal is partially due to its gait. Most crocodiles can perform what is called a belly run when walking or crawling is too slow. In a belly run, the body sways from side to side in an S-shaped motion, like the slithering of a snake, while the legs sprawl off to the sides. Although this is not a very fast run compared to what most prey are capable of, crocodiles are able to accelerate very quickly from a standing start and take other animals by surprise.
The gallop, which is a faster gait, is not available to all crocodiles. Smaller crocodiles and some larger ones perform the gallop by making large strides with fully stretched legs, somewhat like the bounding of a rabbit. As of 2012, the top human running speed is 27 miles per hour.Learn more about Crocodiles
Crocodiles are found in tropical and subtropical areas in southern Florida, Mexico, Central America, the Caribbean, Africa, southeastern Asia, Australia and the Pacific Islands. They tend to live near wetlands, swamps and marshy areas. While most steer clear of humans, Nile and Australian crocodiles are often aggressive and may attack.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 >
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.Full Answer >
Crocodiles are eaten by large cats, such as jaguars, leopards and lions. Anacondas and large lizard species also consume crocodiles. Hatchlings and young crocodiles are frequently eaten by large birds, such as heron.Full Answer >