1. Crocodiles are the most widespread crocodilian species. On which continents are crocodiles not found?

    • Answer

      Antarctica and Europe are the only continents without native species of crocodile.

  2. 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?

    • Answer

      Orinoco crocodiles, native to South America's Orinoco River, are freshwater crocodiles. Actually, all the endangered crocodiles on this map—the Cuban crocodile, Siamese crocodile, Philippine crocodile, and Tomistoma—are primarily freshwater species.

  3. Where is the largest population of crocodiles? What species is it?

    • Answer

      Central Africa has the largest population of Nile crocodiles. The southeast Asian island of Borneo also has a large population of estuarine crocodiles.

  4. The species range of the alligator is almost entirely limited to the New World. Where is the one other place to find alligators?

    • Answer

      The Chinese alligator is native to the lower Yangtze River in western China. All other alligators are native to the Americas.

  5. Gharials are narrow-snouted crocodilians with very limited species ranges. They are only found in Nepal and what other Asian country?

    • Answer

      Most gharials are found in India.

Noun

one of the seven main land masses on Earth.

crocodilian
adjective, noun

order of reptiles that includes crocodiles, alligators, caimans, and gharials.

freshwater
Noun

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.

snout
Noun

protruding nose and jaw of an animal such as a pig.

Noun

native, geographic area in which an organism can be found. Range also refers to the geographic distribution of a particular species.