Academic journal article Science Scope

Exploring the World of Alligators and Crocodiles

Academic journal article Science Scope

Exploring the World of Alligators and Crocodiles

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Exploring the World of Alligators and Crocodiles Tracy C. Read. $6.95. 24 pp. Firefly Books. Ontario, BC. 2017. ISBN: 9781770859432.

The Crocodylia order includes 24 species that inhabit the planet today. Alligators, American and Chinese, prefer the temperate weather, whereas the caimans live in marshes and wetlands. Crocodiles inhabit some temperate areas but are also found in tropical regions. Members of the gharial family are in South Asia. In Exploring the World of Alligators and Crocodiles, Tracy C. Read provides a detailed description of these crocodilians that have existed for more than 230 million years.

As with other reptiles, members of the Crocodylia order are coldblooded. They bask in the Sun to regulate internal temperature. Their streamlined bodies allow them to maneuver in the water up to 32 km per hour, yet they are still able to walk on land at nearly half that rate. Alligators and crocodiles can be distinguished by the shape of their snout. An alligator's snout is typically short, flat, and u-shaped. …

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