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Crocodiles, alligators, caimans, and gharials―the Crocodylia, recognized jointly as crocodylians (or crocodilians)―are the world’s biggest residing reptiles. the most important of them, most likely the estuarine or saltwater crocodile, Crocodylus porosus, can develop to just about twenty toes and weigh greater than thousand kilos. Crocodylians are creatures of significant distinction. they could stay patiently nonetheless for a long time, but may also flow like lightning to snap up a meal. they're formidably powerful, energetic predators, with jaws which can tear aside huge prey goods, but a mom or a father can lightly help hatchlings out of the eggs, and hold them to the water among their tooth. simply because huge crocodylians can (and do) devour humans, they invite worry and loathing, yet additionally they encourage interest and admiration.

Biology and Evolution of Crocdylians is a accomplished evaluation of present wisdom in regards to the world’s greatest and most renowned dwelling reptiles. Gordon Grigg’s authoritative and obtainable textual content and David Kirshner’s beautiful art and colour pictures mix expertly during this modern social gathering of crocodiles, alligators, caimans, and gharials. This e-book showcases the talents and features that permit crocodylians to stay how and the place they do. It covers the biology and ecology of the extant species, conservation concerns, crocodilian-human interplay, and the evolutionary heritage of the gang.

Richly illustrated with greater than colour photos and black-and-white illustrations, this publication might be a benchmark reference paintings for crocodylian biologists, herpetologists, and vertebrate biologists for years to come.

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