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message 1: by Kayla (new)

Kayla Did you know in May 2008 Tasmanian Devils where added to the Endangered Species list?

message 2: by Myami7 (new)

Myami7 | 31 comments Really? I thought they were already endangered

message 3: by Mary Grace (new)

Mary Grace That's sad.=(

message 4: by Kayla (new)

Kayla And here is a thing about Nile Crocodiles,

The Nile crocodile has a somewhat deserved reputation as a vicious man-eater. The proximity of much of its habitat to people means run-ins are frequent. And its virtually indiscriminate diet means a villager washing clothes by a riverbank might look just as tasty as a migrating wildebeest. Firm numbers are sketchy, but estimates are that up to 200 people may die each year in the jaws of a Nile croc.

Africa's largest crocodilian, these primordial brutes reach a maximum size of about 20 feet (6 meters) and can weigh up to 1,650 pounds (730 kilograms). Average sizes, though, are more in the range of 16 feet (5 meters) and 500 pounds (225 kilograms). They live throughout sub-Saharan Africa, the Nile Basin, and Madagascar in rivers, freshwater marshes, and mangrove swamps.

The diet of the Nile crocodile is mainly fish, but it will attack almost anything unfortunate enough to cross its path, including zebras, small hippos, porcupines, birds, and other crocodiles. It will also scavenge carrion, and can eat up to half its body weight at a feeding.

One unusual characteristic of this fearsome predator is its caring nature as a parent. Where most reptiles lay their eggs and move on, mother and father Nile crocs ferociously guard their nests until the eggs hatch, and they will often roll the eggs gently in their mouths to help hatching babies emerge.

Hunted close to extinction in the 1940s through the 1960s, local and international protections have helped them rebound in most areas. In some regions, though, pollution, hunting, and habitat loss have severely depleted their numbers.

Fast Facts
Type: Reptile
Diet: Carnivore
Average lifespan in the wild: 45 years (est.)
Size: 16 ft (5 m)
Weight: 500 lbs (225 kg)
Group name: Bask (on land) or float (in water)
Did you know? Mummified crocodiles and crocodile eggs have been discovered in Egyptian tombs.
Protection status: Endangered
Size relative to a 6-ft (2-m) man:
Illustration of the animal's relative size

message 5: by maddie, blonde, and beautifu!! (last edited Jan 18, 2009 03:33PM) (new)

maddie (marleyme) | 768 comments Mod
okay, who added the new topic? without me or mauras permission?

message 6: by [deleted user] (new)

can't others add topics too?

message 7: by maddie, blonde, and beautifu!! (new)

maddie (marleyme) | 768 comments Mod
not without my permission!!! fine...u can but i just wanna know what its about b4 u even ,make it

message 8: by Sarah (new)

Sarah Parker (sarahlizaparker) I LOVE TASMANIAN DEVILS!!

message 9: by Kayla (new)

Kayla Me two. :-)

message 10: by [deleted user] (new)

I recently watched a show about them.

message 11: by maddie, blonde, and beautifu!! (new)

maddie (marleyme) | 768 comments Mod
hahahah!! i like taz

message 12: by Kayla (new)

Kayla I watched a Jeff Corwin show on them the other day.

message 13: by Sarah (new)

Sarah Parker (sarahlizaparker) coolio

message 14: by [deleted user] (new)

the show I watched was Growing Up Marsupial

message 15: by Sarah (new)

Sarah Parker (sarahlizaparker) I loved that one!

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