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2009-07-08 06:45:00

Researchers said on Tuesday that they found fossils in Brazil that are from a crocodile resembling a large armadillo that was a predator in the area around Sao Paulo state about 90 million years ago. The researchers at Rio de Janeiro's Federal University said that the 6.6-foot-long, 265-lb crocodile has been named "Armadillosuchus" and it appears to be unique to that area. One of the armadillo characteristics that the creature displays is having bony plates on its neck and back. The...

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2009-05-13 06:15:00

Environmentalists fear that a surge in demand for crocodile skins in Nigeria could threaten the reptiles with extinction. Indeed, business is booming at Ismail Dauda's crocodile tannery in Northern Nigeria. Dauda, 35, followed his father Maifata into the family business of tanning crocodile and python pelts when he was just 15.   The tannery, located in the old part of Nigeria's main northern city of Kano, "processes" up to 20,000 animals in a good month. "We have been tanning...

2009-04-04 20:22:42

An unprecedented operation has failed to save the life of an American crocodile that was hit by a car three months ago in the Florida Keys. The crocodile, nicknamed RoboCroc after a veterinarian attached four metal rods to his skull, was found dead Thursday morning at MetroZoo in Miami, The Miami Herald reported Saturday. It survived the surgery by two weeks. When the American crocodile was discovered in March, it had not eaten for three months after being hit in December. The animal was weak...

2009-03-19 12:13:18

A veterinarian at the Miami Metrozoo has successfully rebuilt the face of a crocodile that had been injured by a car. Zoo spokesman Ron Magill said the 10-foot-long reptile's face had been crushed by the car and it was unable to eat for three months as a result of the injury, The Miami Herald reported Thursday. The crocodile was taken to the zoo and Dr. Douglas Mader of the Marathon Veterinary Hospital came up with a plan to reconstruct the croc's damaged mug. We have a certain responsibility...

2009-03-04 10:39:03

Florida wildlife researchers are taping magnets to the heads of crocodiles removed from residential areas to try to keep the crocs from returning. They want to see if the magnets, removed just before the crocodiles are released into the wild, will help short-circuit homing instincts that allow the reptiles to follow the earth's magnetic fields right back to the suburbs in which they were trapped, the Miami Herald reported Wednesday. Lindsey Hord, a biologist with the Florida Fish &...

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2009-02-25 13:06:39

An experiment has been launched by Florida wildlife managers to see if they can keep crocodiles from returning to residential neighborhoods. It is hoped that their "homing" abilities will be disrupted by placing magnets on their heads. According to a report in a biology newsletter by researchers at Mexico's Crocodile Museum in Chiapas, there was some success with the method, using it to permanently relocate 20 of the reptiles since 2004. "We said, 'Hey, we might as well give this a try',"...

2009-01-16 17:45:00

An Australian park ranger and his girlfriend, a park surveillance officer, say a giant crocodile butted their dinghy in a marshy area in Kakadu Park. The crocodile, which they estimated as close to 20 feet long, then stuck its head out of the water Tuesday and gave them a long look, Matt Dunley and Sarah Bentley told The Australian. They immediately abandoned their fishing trip. The couple and Bentley's sister, Megan, were on a tributary of the Alligator River. I heard this big whack under...

2008-12-31 18:53:57

Australian wildlife officials said an American alligator found at a campsite in Pambula was likely a former pet. The National Parks and Wildlife Service said the 5-foot-long alligator, which was caught by vacationing snake handler Hans Rasker, was likely an exotic pet that either escaped or was released into the wild, the Australian Broadcasting Corp. reported Wednesday. Senior ranger Robin Kesby said releasing exotic animals into the wild is illegal. The animal was taken into care by wires...

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2008-12-12 15:53:36

You'd think that if scientists were to discover a new species, it would be in some remote, uncharted tropical forest, not a laboratory in New York. But a team from the Sackler Institute for Comparative Genomics at the American Museum of Natural History has done the unexpected. Looking at the genes of the African dwarf crocodile, researchers found that the group"”genetically speaking"”comprises three distinct species rather than one. This not only ends a long debate about the...

2008-11-26 12:32:59

An Australian man said he and his wife got a major surprise when they found a crocodile taking up residence in their backyard pool. Steve Sanderson said immediately after his wife, Karen, jumped into their saltwater pool this week, he noticed a crocodile hanging out at the pool's bottom, the Northern Territory News said in its Wednesday edition. "He was obviously a croc -- you could see his teeth hanging out the side of his mouth when he had it shut,'' Sanderson said. Sanderson said his wife...


Latest Crocodylidae Reference Libraries

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2008-08-07 11:00:42

The Egyptian Plover (Pluvianus aegyptius), is a wading bird and the only member of the genus Pluvianus. The Egyptian Plover is a localized resident in tropical sub-Saharan Africa. It breeds on sandbars in large rivers. Egyptian Plover is a striking and clearly identifiable species. The 7.5 to 8.25 inch long adult has a black crown, back, eye-mask and breast band. The rest of the head is white. The remaining upper plumage is blue-gray, and the underparts are orange. The longish legs are...

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2007-01-23 15:41:29

The Cuban Crocodile, Crocodylus rhombifer, is found only in Cuba's Zapata Swamp and the Isle of Youth, and highly endangered, though it formerly ranged throughout the Caribbean. This croc appears to favor freshwater habitat such as swamps, marshes, and rivers. This species has numerous interesting characteristics that set it apart from other crocodiles, such as its brighter adult colors, rougher, more pebbled scales, and long, strong legs. It is also the most terrestrial of crocodiles,...

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2007-01-23 15:40:11

The Saltwater or Estuarine Crocodile, Crocodylus porosus, is the largest of all existing reptiles. It is found in suitable habitat throughout Southeast Asia and northern Australasia. These are known as "˜salties' in the Northern territory of Australia. They generally spend the tropical wet season in freshwater swamps and rivers, moving downstream to estuaries in the dry season, and sometimes far out to sea. Adult male saltwater crocs typically grow to an average of 16 feet long and weigh...

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2007-01-23 15:37:33

The Mugger Crocodile, Crocodylus palustris, also called the Iranian, Marsh, or Persian Crocodile, is found throughout the Indian subcontinent and the surrounding countries. These countries include India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Nepal, and Iran. Mainly a freshwater species, the Mugger crocodile is found in lakes, rivers and marshes. Muggers prefer slow-moving, shallower bodies of water rather than, fast-flowing, deep areas. The Mugger Crocodile is also known to thrive in man-made reservoirs and...

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2007-01-23 15:35:29

The Nile Crocodile is one of the three species of crocodile found in Africa, and the second largest species of crocodile. Its range covers most of Africa south of the Sahara and the island of Madagascar. The preferred habitat of Nile crocodiles is along rivers, in freshwater marshes, or along lakes. In some cases they thrive in more brackish water, along estuaries of mangrove swamps. Like all crocodiles, they are quadrupeds with four short, splayed legs; long, powerful tails; a scaly hide...

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endocarp
  • The hard inner (usually woody) layer of the pericarp of some fruits (as peaches or plums or cherries or olives) that contains the seed.
This word comes from the Greek 'endon,' in, within, plus the Greek 'kardia,' heart.
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