Crocodiles are the most widespread crocodilian species. On which continents are crocodiles not found?
Crocodiles are divided into two types, depending on the environment in which they live: freshwater and saltwater. Based on its species range, do you think the endangered Orinoco crocodile is a freshwater or saltwater species?
Where is the largest population of crocodiles? What species is it?
The species range of the alligator is almost entirely limited to the New World. Where is the one other place to find alligators?
Gharials are narrow-snouted crocodilians with very limited species ranges. They are only found in Nepal and what other Asian country?
For Further Exploration
- National Geographic Kids: Animals—American Alligator
- National Geographic Kids: Animals—Nile Crocodile
- National Geographic Animals: Photo Gallery—Alligators and Crocodiles
- National Geographic News: Biggest Crocodile Ever Caught?
Term Part of Speech Definition Encyclopedic Entry continent Noun
one of the seven main land masses on Earth.
Encyclopedic Entry: continent crocodilian adjective, noun
order of reptiles that includes crocodiles, alligators, caimans, and gharials.
water that is not salty.
native species Noun
species that occur naturally in an area or habitat. Also called indigenous species.
New World Noun
the Western Hemisphere, made up of the Americas and their islands.
protruding nose and jaw of an animal such as a pig.
species range Noun
native, geographic area in which an organism can be found. Range also refers to the geographic distribution of a particular species.
Encyclopedic Entry: species range