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November 15, 2008 / milesandhisfavorites

Safari with Miles 2:Between a Croc and a Hard Place

 

Hey!  Miles here with a new safari!  Last time, we explored the world of insects that sting.  This time, we’re exploring the world of crocodilians.  We’ll:

 

 

  • Fly to Egypt to find the second largest known reptile
  • Go to India to visit the gavial
  • And see the most endangered crocodilians

 

First, we’re going to Egypt, which is in northeast Africa.  We’re going after an animal that outsizes even the komodo dragon.  The Nile crocodile.  It is the second largest known reptile on the planet.  

 

Nile Crocodile Basking

Nile Crocodile Basking

The river Nile is full of these reptiles, but we’ll need luck to see one.  Look!  I see one!

 

Big Crocodile!

Big Crocodile!

These crocs are second in size only to the Australian saltwater crocodile.  These animals are big, but this next one is odd-looking.  We’re going to India, to see the gavial.  There’s one!

 

Old Knobby Nose!

Old Knobby Nose!

These animals have knobs on their snouts, so natives decided they were sacred, and their noses were full of magic!  Last, we are exploring alligators and caimans.  All caiman species are legally protected, so most of them are safe.  

Yacare Caiman

Yacare Caiman

Red Caiman

Red Caiman

 

American Alligator

American Alligator

So, we’ve seen caimans, alligators, gavials and crocodiles.  You can see alligators in Florida, at Gatorland or the Everglades.  Next time, we’ll explore the nickers of the night-bats!

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