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full-grown male crocodile, if you grab him in time, it is   diaphragm. In other words, crocodiles developed
         possible to clamp his jaws together, just like Crocodile   attributes without which we humans would not exist. It
         Dundee. The muscles that close the jaws, however, are   makes you think, doesn’t it?
         powerful with a bite force of 5,000 lbs per square inch,   Following the informative tour, the guide is multilingual;
         compared to a rottweiler with all of 335 psi, so it is best   the group assembles at the central rotunda where
         not to trap your fingers between them.              everybody is given the opportunity to cuddle a crocodile.
         Crocodiles are the most successful survivors of the   In the interests of safety, these are baby crocodiles only
         dinosaur age, first appearing in the fossil record about   a couple of feet long with their mouths taped shut,
         200 million years ago. They are more closely related to   probably a good thing since crocodiles are entirely
         dinosaurs and birds than to reptiles. When for whatever   self-sufficient once they leave their egg. Despite that
         reason, the rest of the dinosaurs became extinct about   crocodiles are good parents. If faced with danger the
         65 million years ago, the already established crocodile   baby crocodiles all climb into their mother’s mouth.
         family quietly took to the waters and swamps and    Nobody will argue with her since, apart from man, the
         survived. They have changed very little since then.   crocodile has no predator.
         Nobody knows why they survived when most other      You may wonder why the park also keeps iguanas.
         reptiles died. Perhaps it was their capability of going   Crocodiles and iguanas share a common ancestor about
         without food for two years or their longevity; crocodiles   300 million years ago. Unlike the caring mother
         can live for 130 years. In any case today we are lucky to   crocodile, an iguana abandons her eggs once they are
         be able to see these representatives from the age of   laid.
         dinosaurs.
         Crocodiles are very successful predators. They can
         move at 17 kilometres per hour for short bursts on land
         and almost as fast in water. They have well-developed
         senses too. They can detect the smell of dead meat from   The Crocodile Park is open from 10 am
         a great distance and have good eyesight particularly the   each day. As well as crocodiles there is
         ability to spot prey on land whilst being submerged.        a small animal farm, a children’s
         Their scales have pores that are sensory, similar to a     playground, a cafetería (crocodile
         lateral line on a fish and some beneath the jaw are        steaks are not on the menu) and a
         believed to excrete oil that flushes mud off the scales.
         They are also thought to be the most intelligent of the   shop. A crocodile museum includes
         reptiles, rapidly learning to avoid hunter’s traps for     some fairly horrific pictures of the
         instance and, unlike other reptiles, they have a cerebral   aftermath of a crocodile attack and as
         cortex.                                                  much information as you are likely to
         The cerebral cortex plays a role in memory, attention,    want about the family Crocodylidae.
         perceptual awareness, thought and consciousness.
         Crocodiles also have four-chambered hearts and a

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