Latest Crocodile Stories

2008-02-05 08:31:15

Crocodiles are ferocious creatures that will eat snakes, buffalo, cattle and even people. New research explains crocodiles' spectacular method of digesting large meals that lets them eat 23 percent of their body weight at once, bones and all. If people could gorge like crocodiles, a 130-pound woman could down a 30-pound hamburger in one sitting. The secret behind this champion eating is a heart valve that crocs control neurologically, which lets blood bypass the lungs and flow...

2006-09-03 23:53:23

SYDNEY (Reuters) - Steve Irwin, the quirky Australian naturalist who won worldwide acclaim, has died in a marine accident off Australia's northeast coast, local media reported on Monday. Queensland state government sources quoted by Australian Associated Press (AAP) said Irwin, 44, whose television show "The Crocodile Hunter" won international acclaim and popularized the phrase "Crikey," was believed to have been killed by a stingray barb that pierced his chest. He was filming an...

2006-07-09 00:23:52

MELBOURNE (Reuters) - An eight-year-old aboriginal girl was feared killed in a crocodile attack as she collected water from a river in Australia's remote Arnhem Land region, police said on Sunday. "She was fishing with family and it is believed she went to the river's edge to collect water when she was taken by the croc," a police spokeswoman said. The attack happened on the Blythe River, between Maningrida and Ramingining, about 500 km (310 miles) east of Australia's northern city...

2006-04-27 14:05:00

By Ed Stoddard MKHUZE GAME RESERVE, South Africa -- Humans and big beasts have lived side by side in Africa since the dawn of our species but rapid population growth is now stoking friction with dangerous animals, experts say. "In general terms, I think with increasing human populations we will inevitably see an increase in conflict between humans and wildlife," said Jeff McNeely, chief scientist with the Swiss-based World Conservation Union. Sub-Saharan Africa's population rose by 2 percent...

2005-06-08 15:20:00

RIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil -- Scientists on Wednesday unveiled 11 skeletons of prehistoric crocodiles and said their discovery suggests that an ancient land bridge once linked South America to Indo-Pakistan. The fossilized skeletons of the Baurusuchus salgadoensis appear to be closely related to another ancient crocodile species, the Pabwehshi pakistanesis discovered in Pakistan, scientists from Rio de Janeiro's Federal University said. "This discovery really proves that South America was at...

2005-02-17 13:05:34

RIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil (AP) -- The discovery of a nearly intact fossil of a prehistoric crocodile is teaching scientists what the world was like before the continents were separated by oceans, a Brazilian paleontologist said. A reproduction of the previously unknown creature - dubbed Uberabasuchus Terrificus, or the terrible crocodile of Uberaba - was unveiled Wednesday at the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro. Uberabasuchus lived 70 million years ago and was smaller than today's...

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