The american crocodile

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The American Crocodile

In a world full of unlimited needs and limited resources, many times, man selfishly takes over the land of those who have lived there for hundreds of years. This puts these animals in a predicament, result of their lacking of a habitat in which to exist. The hunting and destruction of the American Crocodile's natural habitat and human misconceptions have caused the decline of its population, thus making a species that has roamed the earth for thousands of years, endangered.

This crocodile hunts for a living. "Crocodiles are predators, mostly nocturnal, and spend most of their time in water; they are also known to take long journeys over land." These animals take advantage of the night to sneak up on their prey and have a successful hunt. They have developed a keen sense of sight so they have an better chance of killing with hardly any light.

Their camouflage also helps them blend in with their environment and makes them more successful predators. The waters crocodiles inhabit usually blend rather well with the animal's greenish coloration. American Crocodiles cautiously move through the water and at the moment of the kill, with one violent swipe, crush their prey. "The principle style of locomotion is that of swimming, in which the crocodile places it back legs back against the sides of the body and moves forward by means of lateral wavelike motions of the tail." This style of swimming produces a minimum disturbance in the waters, which enables it to approach the animal it wants to eat rather easily without it even noticing its hunter. Swimming like this also spares the crocodile much energy that would otherwise expend by swimming with its whole body.

The American Crocodile (crocodylus acutus) and the Chinese alligator exist as the only...