Monday, October 26, 2009

Crocodile and his teeth

I count 32 teeth in this photo. Assuming that the crocodile has the same number of teeth on the other side, that would make 64 teeth to grab, slice into and chew its prey. The extra large fourth upward tooth is distinctive of a crocodile and is a way to distinguish between crocodiles and alligators.

I am relieved that the crocodile did not attack the heron that I showed during the past few days. Fortunately, the crocodiles in the western hemisphere are not as aggressive as the Nile crocodile, but people should keep their distance nevertheless.

When people who rent our condos in Tamarindo ask about activities for their children, I always recommend the nature tours on boats in Palo Verde National Park. I describe it as being similar to the Jungle Cruise at Disney World or Disneyland, except that the animals are real, and the tour guides do not recite a memorized script of corny jokes and puns.

I think it is an enriching, entertaining and educational experience for young people, and for us adults too, to watch wild animals in their native habitat. The people who stay in our condos often tell me that they have enjoyed the excursions and that their children have returned home with enthusiastic stories to tell their friends of seeing crocodiles, monkeys and other animals in the wild.

For more photos of animals in the wild, at least the coral reef version of underwater wildlife, you may enjoy checking out our Viva la Voyage travel photo website. This week we have posted underwater photos from Aitutaki in the Cook Islands, west of French Polynesia.

8 comments:

Jilly said...

Well, thanks goodness for that...said the heron. And me too!

brattcat said...

A 'less-aggressive' crocodile sounds like an oxymoron.

Leif Hagen said...

I hope you were using a BIG zooooom lens - or we'll never see another photo from you!

Sharon said...

My what big teeth you have....

Julie ScottsdaleDailyPhoto.com said...

a muddy slimy creature from the abyss, perfect for halloween week

Jarart said...

I hope everyone takes the time to click on this picture! The larger size is awesome. He has lots of teeth but at least he is smiling.

glenda said...

So glad for the happy ending to the heron and the crocodile saga. The crocodiles look like they are made out of cement to me.

JM said...

Fantastic close-up, David!

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