World of Dinosaurs/Animals to Know/Crocodylus
Crocodylus is the latin name for the crocodile.
Crocodiles have short legs with webbed feet.
They have very powerful bite forces, but the muscles to open their jaws are very weak.
Crocodiles are alive today, and are related to a great variety of animals that lived during the time of large dinosaurs.
Salt water crocodiles have a bite force of 3,700 pounds per square inch, or 16,460 Newtons.
Ancient crocodilians have been found as far back as the Jurassic Period.
The oldest true crocodile fossil is 95 million years old and was found in Portugal.
Crocodiles are semiaquatic animals.
They tend to live in fresh water bodies, though some can live in salt water.
They are carnivorous and can eat a wide variety of species.
Crocodiles in Africa are perhaps the most famous due to the abundance of nature documentaries on them.
They live in fresh water bodies, though some species live in salt water.