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travelling the seven parts of the world
Mar 1st, 2008
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On our way out of Darwin, just in the outskirts, is the Crocodylus Park, which is a crocodile farm that houses nearly 1000 crocodiles. Nice!

Crocodiles are perfect. In the last 65,000,000 years, the crocodile has not changed one bit, evolution has left him untouched, because he is so perfect.

A crocodile is very fast, though he looks slow. In fact, he kills so fast that if you blink, you don't see it.

Though they are very big, a crocodile with a length of 7 meters would eat less than an average human. This is because they are cold blooded and hence keep up their body temperature through sunbathing, while we spend ample amounts of energy we get from food just to keep our body temperature up.

He is very smart, despite having a small brain (the small brain is due to the small amount of memory he has) - a crocodile can kill a prey, but he only eats fresh. So if the prey is too big for him, he would leave the rest near water - where other animals come to eat his leftovers. Whenever the croc feels hungry, he simply goes to his old meal, and catches one of the animals who are eating from it!

His jaw is made from bone that has density several times that of humans. This is because his bite is so strong - if he had human bones, they would be crushed. Having a crocodile bite your leg would be the same as dropping a 4x4 Land Rover on it!

A crocodile is capable of picking up vibrations. So he doesn't need to see you, and you definitely can't see him - but he knows how big you are and how far away you are whenever you move!

Crocodiles can live to be over 100 years old and older. Most crocodiles however stop regenerating teeth when they are 40 - 50 years old, so after that, if their teeth falls out, they will die from hunger.

There are 2 types of crocodiles in Australia - freshwater and salt water. Saltwater crocodiles are smaller, but can still be up to 5 meters long, and can live in both salty and fresh waters, but usually stick to river estuaries. They can roam around salt water, but excreting salt needs energy, so they don't do it often.



The show at Crocodylus Park included feeding of some crocodiles, where you could see them jump for their food.



This guy here was actually a pretty wild one. He is a fresh water male, who is about 6 meters long. He is very territorial - once when his girlfriend was fed, she jumped for food and fell near him. He didn't appreciate that, so he bit her head off!



At the end of the show the guy brought us a baby crocodile we could hold in our hands. It was very soft, felt just like a new handbag!

The park also had other animals, starting from Lions and Tigers, and ending with this nice little monkey, who acted so human, I was starting to doubt the difference.

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