SALT WATER CROCODILE

- 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)

 


RED EARED SLIDER

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.

 


MALAYAN PORCUPINE

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. 

 


KOMODO DRAGON

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.