• Caution! Crocodiles!
We all know that crocodiles are found almost all over the planet, but only in Europe and Antarctica will not meet them. Since ancient times, Herodotus, and perhaps even earlier, the crocodile's name was associated with deep muddy rivers of Africa, incredible stories of eyewitnesses, full of fear, horror and surprise.
It can rightly be called a prehistoric relic of the past, which, despite its great antiquity and has adapted to this by yourself wet aquatic habitats. Despite the horror, this reptile, which was nicknamed the killer of animals and humans, it was an object of worship in ancient Egypt. Previously, until the XXIX century Nile crocodile lived in large numbers in the territory of the Cape of Good Hope to the land of Palestine. No geological changes or temperature differences, no significant climate change since ancient times to the present day, not a temporary lack of food were unable to stop the development of this type of reptile.
According to recent information, it became known that a crocodile lives on Earth 90,000,000 years! This, of course, the age in which he can compete only with even more ancient creature, man. And to say there is not, the main meal of crocodiles living in the Nile, is a fish. One can only envy; the speed with which these clumsy on land beasts swim in the water and attack their prey. And in this deadly dash they have time to eat as well, and everything else that could fall into their deadly jaws - amphibians, different types of floating birds, a variety of mollusks and even mammals that brutal error were on their way!
There is much talk about what exactly Nile crocodiles can attack the man, but this is not always the case. Of course, there are rare species that can feed on human flesh, but they are few. Residents of the villages that are located along the river, making a special guard to protect their animals, as well as women, washing clothes in the water. Not uncommon for children from neighboring villages without fear of swimming in the waters of the sacred river, and not far away, on the beach, basking in the rays of the sun enormous crocodiles. By weight of an adult individual of the predator reaches up to 1000 kilograms when he is seven years old.
None of the scientists of today can not say how many years it live crocodiles in nature, but local studies that were carried out by volunteers in Pakistan, it was found that their age is approaching 50 years. Other studies have shown that they can live up to 80 years of age and have the ability to reproduce until the last day of his life! Since ancient times, the inhabitants of the rivers in Africa believe that when the crocodile is hungry and can not find food, he, crawling out of the water, hiding in the bush, and cried like a little baby. Accidents brave souls that come across the bait, then torn to pieces by the strong jaws of a predator. Obviously, it is here, and originated the phrase "crocodile tears", which is applicable to all who cry disingenuous and malicious.
It should be noted that today the world of modern reptiles is divided into four types. One of them took the crocodiles, which in turn have to differentiate between on delivery, family. The first kind are the Nile crocodiles and small crocodiles-Crocodylidae. The second - the American alligator - Alligatoridae. Then comes the true gharial, which mostly occurs in India - Gabialidae.