WORLD CROC DAY
Every year on June 17th, World Croc Day highlights the plight of endangered crocodiles. The day also encourages learning more about these amazing reptiles.
Crocodiles are easily confused with alligators. There are some differences between the two, however. The primary difference is the shape of their snout. The crocodile’s snout forms a long, pointed V-lie shape. Alligators’ snouts, on the other hand, are more rounded and u-shaped. In addition, crocodiles are usually much larger than alligators. The average alligator weighs about 500 pounds. Crocodiles can reach up to 2,200 pounds! This reptile is also much more aggressive than alligators, which makes them more dangerous.
Crocodiles can be found in nearly every corner of the world. These reptiles are native to both the North and South American continents. They are also found in Africa, Australia, and Asia, but the Florida Everglades is the only place in the world where crocodiles and alligators live together.
There are lots more to learn about crocs, too!
- Of all the animals in the world, the crocodile’s bite is the strongest.
- There are 15 different species of crocodiles.
- Crocodiles can live in both freshwater and saltwater.
- They eat fish, birds, and other animals.
- Crocodiles can live to be 100, with the oldest crocodile in the world reaching 140.
There is a concern that some species of reptiles are on their way to extinction. Human activity is the primary reason for this. Hunting, pollution, and destroyed habitats are a few reasons crocodiles are endangered.
HOW TO OBSERVE #WorldCrocDay
Every year zoos around the world participate in World Croc Day. The largest event is held at The Belize Zoo and Tropical Education Center. Events at the zoo include “croc talks,” crocodile exhibits, face painting, arts & crafts, cool croc encounters, educational seminars, and photo ops.
Try these other ways to participate, too.
- Check out the crocodile exhibit at your local zoo.
- Learn about the threats that crocodiles in the wild face.
- Donate to a crocodile conservation organization.
- Watch videos online that feature these monstrous reptiles.
- Read a book to your child that features a crocodile character, such as The Fantastic Mr. Wani by Kanako Usui, An Extraordinary Egg by Leo Lionni, or Lyle Lyle Crocodile by Bernard Weber.
You can also share this day on social media with #WorldCrocDay.
WORLD CROC DAY HISTORY
The Crocodile Research Council, in conjunction with the Belize Zoo, created World Croc Day. The first global event was held on June 17th, 2017.