- To "cry crocodile tears" is a common expression which is used for depicting fake sadness. It has its origins in the myth according to which reptiles weep while eating humans.

- Each crocodile jaw carries 24 sharp teeth meant to grasp and crush, not to chew. The teeth are continuously replaced along the crocodile's life.

- How can you make the difference between a crocodile and an alligator? If you are not accustomed to their shape, look at the mouth: crocodiles have a clearly visible the fourth tooth on the lower jaw even when the mouth is closed (alligators and caymans have a groove where that tooth fits). Because crocodiles have salt glands inside their mouths they can stand sea water, while alligators cannot. (add more pics of Croc and alligator)



Species           : Trachemys scripta elegans

Diet                 : feed mainly on plants and small animals, such as fish, snails, worms, aquatic insects and aquatic plants.

Distribution     :  Mississippi River and the Gulf of Mexico

Reproduction  : Oviparous

Facts               :

- The red stripe on a red eared slider turtle isn't actually on it's ear in fact it's ears are just slits on it's head!

- Adult red eared sliders can spend up to 10 days without food and can stay on land for 4 days!

- A red eared slider turtle has no gills but can hold its breath for a good hour while awake, and for about 5 hours when sleeping.



Species           : Hystrix brachyura

Diet                 : roots, tubers, bark and fallen fruits. They also eat carrion and insects.

Distribution     :  Mississippi River and the Gulf of Mexico

Reproduction  : Viviparous

Facts               :

- The porcupine is a medium-sized rodent that is related to mice, rats and beavers.

- Porcupines cannot shoot their quills at predators as once thought, but they will be easily released when predators attack them.

- Their most distinguishing feature is the stiff quills which are actually modified hairs which provide protection from predators. 



Species           : Varanus komodoensis

Diet                 : reptiles, birds, bird eggs, small mammals, monkeys, wild boar, goats, deer, horses, and water buffalo.

Distribution     : Indonesia (Lesser Sunda Islands of Komodo, Rinca, and western Flores.)

Reproduction  : Oviparous

Facts               :

- Komodo can consume 80 percent of their body weight in one sitting.

- They have saliva laden with really deadly bacteria, and that bites containing the spit were potent enough to bring down a water buffalo. And they’re venomous, situated in the lower jaw; these release a nasty cocktail that causes paralysis, extreme blood loss, inadequate clotting, tissue damage, and excruciating pain.