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Crocodilia

[′kräk·ə¦dil· ē·ə]
(vertebrate zoology)
An order of the class Reptilia which is composed of large, voracious, aquatic species, including the alligators, caimans, crocodiles, and gavials.
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However, the Cuban crocodile is even more aggressive and fearless than its larger cousin and has no fear of man In the muggy Cuban wilderness it dominates the other crocodilians that share its habitat, an ecosystem similar to Florida's Everglades.
The first is that the green and softshell turtles and crocodilians in this particular region survived whatever forces caused the extinction of the dinosaurs and great sea reptiles at the end of the Cretaceous.
Crocodilians are the largest and smartest of all the reptiles.
Although reintroduction has not been attempted before with the Chinese alligator, other crocodilians raised in captivity have adapted well in the wild," says Ross.
1994) Towards a Priority Listing for Conservation of Crocodilians in the Indo-Malayan Realm, Asian Wetland News, Vol.
In fact, the scientists who compiled the Red List were only able to fully assess three of the six reptile orders: the crocodilians, the testudines (turtles, tortoises, and terrapins), and the lizard-like tuataras, each of which ranked high in the number of threatened species - 43 percent, 38 percent, and 50 percent, respectively.
As a result, the reader is reminded that freshwater rivers, streams, and lakes of the world can be home to venomous snakes, ferocious crocodilians, toxin-laden toads, frogs, and salamanders, and poisonous waterbugs, not to mention sting rays, catfish, and piranhas.
As the collection's manager, he's worked with crocodilians, amphibians, snakes, and lizards for 17 years at the National Zoo.
On the tree of life, alligators belong to the closest living branch to birds, the crocodilians.
The study gives new insight into the possible role that crocodilians, some of which have large territories, may play in forest regeneration through digesting and passing seeds from fruits.
The remains of the extinct animal suggest it had numerous small teeth and that it fed on animals like lizards and other small relatives of today's mammals and crocodilians.
Summary: TEHRAN (FNA)- Scientists found in a study of all 23 living crocodilian species that crocodiles can kill with the strongest bite force measured for any living animal, and that the bite forces of the largest extinct crocodilians exceeded 23,000 pounds, a force two-times greater than the mighty Tyrannosaurus rex.