Crocodiles are large carnivorous, aquatic reptiles. They are formidable predators given their armored skin and powerful jaws.
Crocodiles–like alligators–have an elongated snout armed with numerous, sharp teeth. They have a streamlined body and along muscular tail which allows them to smooth swiftly through the water.
The eyes, ears, and nostrils are on top of the head; this enables the crocodile to be almost completely submerged while hunting. The powerful tail is used for swimming and the crocodile’s strong legs also allow it to move easily on land with the body raised well above the ground.
Crocodiles feed on fish, reptiles, birds, and mammals. They are sophisticated feeders; they are smart about locating and ambushing their prey. They swallow small prey whole but large prey is first drowned. The crocodile twists meat off of large prey by rolling while grasping the carcass.
Crocodiles are similar to birds in their social behavior; they form loose groupings and use a wide range of vocalizations and body language to interact with each other.
Crocodiles are members of the Crocodylidae order.