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7 Weird Facts About Crocodiles

As far as deadly reptiles go, you’d be hard-pressed to find anybody who wasn’t afraid of crocodiles. These prehistoric monsters have been on the planet a lot longer than human beings and have evolved over time to become the perfect killing machine. Everybody knows how powerful these creatures are, but here are some facts you might not know about the monstrous reptiles.

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Crocodiles Sweat Through Their Mouths

Often crocodiles will lie by the side of a river with their mouths wide open. This is because when they’re too hot they sweat and that sweat comes from their mouth. Speaking of sweat, a lot of crocodile trainers will put their head into a crocodile’s mouth as part of a show, but if one bead of sweat drips from their own forehead onto the crocodile’s mouth, it’ll snap it’s powerful jaws shut.

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They Don’t Chew

Whilst crocodiles have incredibly powerful jaws and razor sharp teeth, they actually use stones to grind up their food once they’ve swallowed it. They eat stones from the river bed and use them to break food up so it can be digested easier.

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Herons Eat Them

Baby crocodiles have many animals to fear but perhaps none more surprising than the heron. It’s hard to image a simple bird taking down a crocodile but a small infant is nothing more than a tasty snack for the feathered fiend.

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They’re Huge

Okay, so everybody knows they’re big but did you know that saltwater crocodiles can weigh up to 1 ton? Imagine the power behind a beast that size.

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They Have Red Eyes

If you’re ever walking through the jungle at night and you have a torch with you, be on the look out for a set of red eyes. A crocodile’s eyes will glow red under the light.

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They’re The Best Biters

When it comes to biting power, there is not a creature on Earth that has a bite as powerful as a crocodile.images (2)

They Wipe Away Their Tears

Well almost. Because they work themselves up into a such a frenzy whilst eating, they have to push air out and their eyes can begin to froth causing them to wipe it away.

10 Awesome Komodo Dragon Facts

The Komodo Dragon is one of the most beautiful and most deadly reptiles on the planet. It looks like something out of a Jurassic Park movie and yet we still don’t know an awful lot about these beasts.

Here are our Top 10 interesting facts about the Komodo Dragon.

Komodo Dragon Huge

The Komodo Dragon is the largest of all lizards. Whilst females can grow up to 6ft, adult males have been reported as being 10ft long and weighing around 200 pounds.

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Komodo dragons have flexible jaws which allow them to eat large prey. A komodo dragon can easily devour prey that’s as large as 80% of its own size – meaning a 9ft komodo dragon could easily eat a 6ft human. They can also reach speeds of up to 13mph when running.

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Female Komodo dragons can reproduce without any male partner. They can lay their eggs without needing a male to impregnate them. Once born, their babies use a special tooth to break the egg shell and escape.

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Baby Komodo dragons generally spend the first few years of their lives living in trees. This is because their mother (and other Komodo dragons) will happily eat them if they’re given the chance.6

Despite being incredible hunters, Komodo dragons prefer to lie in wait and ambush their prey rather than attacking head on.

They were discovered by the Western world in 1912 but were known to local people for many years before that. Whilst we call them Komodo dragons, local people called them “ora” meaning “land crocodile”.

Using their forked tongue, they can detect prey up to 2 miles away.

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After biting their prey, Komodo dragons let the bacteria and venom in their saliva simply weaken their victim down. Then they track them using their keen sense of smell before eating their prey.

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Although Komodo dragons are primarily land-based animals that love the heat, they’re also excellent swimmers.

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They’ve been responsible for human deaths and, as a result, people who live on the islands with Komodo dragons have built their houses on stilts to prevent the beasts from breaking in and taking their loved ones.