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American Crocodile   (Crocodylus acutus)
Category: Reptiles

 

 

The range of this sizeable crocodile spans from both coasts of southern Mexico, to as far south as Peru and Venezuala, as well as many Caribbean islands. While it is sometimes found in river ecosystems, it seems to prefer some salinity and coastal areas are its favorite habitat.  Although they can reach immense proportions (20 feet long and 2000 pounds!), their favorite food is fish and attacks on humans are rare.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/American_crocodile

http://www.nps.gov/ever/learn/nature/crocodile.htm

 

Data & Facts

Scientific Classification
Kingdom - Animalia
Phylum - Chordata
Class - Sauropsida
Order - Crocodilia
Family - Crocodylidae
Genus - Crocodylus
Species - C. acutus

 
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The not-a-snake

The slow worm has a long body, lacks limbs, and is covered in lustrous scales - so is it a snake? No, it is a lizard! Because unlike snakes, the slow worm has eyelids, visible ears, and like many lizards, its tail can break off in the mouth of a predator, allowing them to escape for another day. The slow worm belongs to the Anguidae family, and similarly (but independently) lost their limbs to better adapt to their environments. These “not-snakes” can be found in gardens throughout Europe and the UK, helping to control the population of slugs and other pests, though you probably won’t see any if you have a cat: a slow worm will likely prove a favorite food of your cat!

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