American Crocodiles

People have known about, and feared crocodiles for Centuries. Early peoples made all kind of stories about these giant reptiles with their long tails. Fables of fire breathing dragons and giant serpents that ate humans were probably based upon crocodiles and alligators. Yet stranger than these tales is the true tale of Crocodiles and Alligators.

There is even a strange tale behind the word crocodile, because the animals got their name from early Greek explorers whop first saw the animals on the banks of the Nile River in Egypt. The crocodiles reminded them of a small lizard called Krokodilos that lived back in Greece. The name means “pebble worm” because the lizard was long and thin and hid among the rocks. So the giant crocodiles got their name from a tiny lizard.

Lurid accounts of both Crocodiles and Alligators have both fascinated and horrified readers for as long as pen has been put to paper. Some truly monstrous crocodiles and alligators exist today. They are survivors of the age of reptiles and, so far, the age of man. Some men and women- like the crocodile clans of Papua New Guinea, the Aboriginal people of coastal Northern territories, the LakeRudolf Turkana, and certain field biologists and zoomen – intimately share their lives with these behemoths. Some of these relationships are by choice, while others are imposed at birth.

Reference to Crocodiles are found in prehistoric artwork, earliest writings, and the works of pliny and Aristotle, yet even today we know little of the remarkable history of these fascinating reptiles. Alligators and crocodiles figure prominently in early accounts of exploration and adventure. There is no doubt they played an important role in the lives of tribal peoples, explorers, and settlers living along the banks of rivers and lakes in the tropics.

Living species of Crocodilians are found throughout the tropical and subtropical areas of the world in aquatic habitats and vary in size from the infamous “man-eating” species of the Pacific and Africa to the innocuous Dwarf Crocodile of the forests of Central Africa. There is much about crocodiles that people don’t know, yet with the help of this website, you should be on your way to becoming a crocodile expert!