Crocodiles are aquatic reptiles, and among the most feared carnivores on Earth, because of their size, big powerful jaws and aggressiveness.
They are so successful predators once they were living alongside the dinosaurs. After the Chicxulub impact, which happened around 66 million years ago, the non-avian dinosaurs were gone but crocodiles were managed to survive.
Here are top 20 amazing crocodile facts about these fascinating beasts.
Saltwater crocodiles are the biggest reptiles in the world. They can grow up to 6.17 meters (20 feet 3 in) and can weigh more than a ton.
They can be found in all inhabited continents with the exception of Europe.
Despite being classified as “reptiles”, crocodiles (and all crocodilians, including alligators) are more closely related to dinosaurs and birds (which are actually avian dinosaurs) than to most animals classified as reptiles.
They have an average lifespan of at least 30-40 years and in the case of larger species an average of 60-70 years.
There are claims of some individuals exceeding 100 years, but there is no strong evidence to support that.