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Crocodylidae is a family of large aquatic reptiles that live throughout the tropics in Africa, Asia, the Americas and Australia. The family includes the crocodiles, alligators and caimans. With a history dating back to the Cretaceous period, this family is considered to be a successful example of evolutionary survival.

Characteristics[edit | edit source]

Members of the Crocodylidae family are large aquatic reptiles and are known for their distinctive features. They have a broad snout, a strong tail, and an armored body with a mosaic of small osteoderms. Crocodylidae also have the ability to replace each of their approximately 80 teeth up to 50 times in their 35 to 75-year lifespan.

Habitat and Distribution[edit | edit source]

Crocodylidae are found in the tropics in Africa, Asia, the Americas and Australia. They tend to inhabit freshwater habitats like rivers, lakes, wetlands and sometimes in brackish water.

Behavior[edit | edit source]

Crocodylidae are known for their aggressive nature and are considered apex predators. They have a slow metabolism and can survive a long time without food. Despite their size and predatory nature, they are also known to exhibit complex behaviors such as tool use.

Conservation[edit | edit source]

Many species within the Crocodylidae family are at risk of extinction, some being classified as critically endangered. Conservation efforts are being made to protect these species, with some success.

See Also[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

Crocodylidae Resources
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