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Extraordinary: Crocodile Family Living In Pavement

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In the hustling and bustling streets of India, you can find everything and anything, even a family of crocodiles, as it turns out.

This incredible discovery reminds us of the impressive resilience of these ancient reptiles. After all, they’re the cousins of dinosaurs.

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Key Points

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  • Three crocodiles were discovered under urban pavement in India.
  • In Gujarat, villagers coexist harmoniously with “mugger” crocodiles.
  • Crocodiles hold significant importance in Hindu culture.

A Rare and Unexpected Discovery

majestic nile crocodile with opened mouth. Crocodylus niloticus, largest crocodile in Africa, Chamo lake, Arba Minch Ethiopia, Africa wildlife. Crocodile via Depositphotos.

The discovery of crocodiles in such an urban setting is both rare and unexpected. Crocodiles typically inhabit freshwater habitats such as rivers, lakes, and wetlands.

However, the encroachment of human settlements into their natural habitats has sometimes led to surprising encounters between humans and these reptiles. This incident serves as a stark reminder of the importance of coexisting with these magnificent creatures.

The Impact of Urbanization on Wildlife

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Other than the resilience of crocodiles, the incident highlights the broader issue of urbanization and its impact on wildlife.

As cities expand and natural habitats shrink, it forces animals to venture into human-dominated landscapes in search of food and shelter. It is crucial for urban planners and developers to consider the needs of wildlife. Incorporating green spaces and wildlife corridors in their designs is crucial.

Crocodile Family Found Living Under Pavement: The Finding

majestic nile crocodile with opened mouth. Crocodylus niloticus, largest crocodile in Africa, Chamo lake, Arba Minch Ethiopia, Africa wildlife. Crocodile via Depositphotos.

In a shocking incident that has taken the internet by storm, a video from India captured the moment when three crocodiles were discovered living under a concrete pavement.

The video shows two men attempting to capture one of the crocodiles. However, to their astonishment, two more crocodiles emerge from the cracked section of the sidewalk.

Thankfully, the incident did not result in any injuries – a huge relief considering their predatory prowess.

Co-Existence Between Crocodiles and Humans In India

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Saltwater Crocodile (Crocodylus porosus), Yellow Water Billabong, Kakadu National Park, Northern Territory, NT, Australia

In the central Gujarat region of India, there’s a unique and beautiful coexistence between humans and crocodiles.

The local communities share their villages with “mugger” crocodiles, that can sometimes reach up to 16 feet in length. Despite occasional bites on humans or livestock, the villagers take pride in “their muggers”.

Remarkably, the locals have constructed islands within these ponds to provide safe basking spots for the crocodiles. Since 2013, a local non-governmental organization has even organized an annual community crocodile count.

Crocodiles In Hindu Culture

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Makara, a very common symbolic icon in Buddhist, Hindu and Jain temples of India. It is a fused mythical beast. Here is a makara with flowery peacock tail, body of a lion, mouth of a crocodile and a snout of insects or boar. Ms Sarah Welch, CC0, via Wikimedia Commons

The reason behind the villagers’ empathetic attitude towards crocodiles is related to the importance of crocodiles in Hindu culture. In Hinduism, the crocodile, or Makara, holds significant importance. Legends and deities often intertwine with this ancient reptile.

The Hindu rain-god Varuna rides on a Makara, representing his dominion over oceans and seas. Kamadeva, the God of Love, has the crocodile as his emblem, and his consort Rati is often depicted with it.

These narratives underscore the crocodile’s profound symbolism and its intricate connection to Hindu culture and beliefs.

Where can crocodiles be found in the USA?

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Alligator Saltwater crocodile hiding under water line. Image via Depositphotos

In the USA, crocodiles are primarily found in the southern tip of Florida. They inhabit coastal areas, mangrove swamps, and brackish waters.

What species of crocodiles are found in the USA?

The American crocodile (Crocodylus acutus) is the species found in the USA. They are different from the more common American alligator.

What is the difference between a crocodile and an alligator?

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Crocodile. Image via Depositphotos

Crocodiles have a V-shaped, pointed snout, while alligators have a U-shaped, broader snout. Crocodiles are also lighter in color, and their teeth are visible when their mouths are closed, unlike alligators.

What do crocodiles eat?

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Saltwater Crocodile, Kakadu National Park, Australia

Crocodiles are carnivorous and have a varied diet that includes fish, birds, mammals, and occasionally carrion. They are opportunistic feeders and will eat almost anything they can catch.

How do crocodiles hunt their prey?

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Crocodiles use stealth and patience to hunt. They often lie in wait, partially submerged, and then use a sudden burst of speed to capture prey with their powerful jaws.

Are crocodiles social animals?

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Crocodiles are generally solitary, but they can be found in groups, especially in areas with abundant food. They establish dominance hierarchies and have complex social behaviors.

How do crocodiles communicate?

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Saltwater crocodile underwater shot. Image via Depositphotos

Crocodiles communicate through vocalizations, body postures, and chemical signals. They can produce a range of sounds, including grunts, bellows, and chirps, particularly during mating and nesting seasons.

What adaptations help crocodiles survive?

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Saltwater american crocodile. Image via Depositphotos

Crocodiles have several adaptations for survival, including tough, scaly skin for protection, powerful jaws and sharp teeth for catching prey, and the ability to stay submerged for long periods to avoid detection.

How long do crocodiles live?

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Crocodiles can live for 50-70 years in the wild. Some individuals in captivity have been known to live even longer, up to 100 years.

Are crocodiles endangered?

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The American crocodile is listed as vulnerable by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN). Conservation efforts have helped their populations recover in some areas, but they still face threats from habitat loss and human activity.

How do crocodiles reproduce?

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Saltwater crocodile as it emerges from water with a toothy grin. Image via Depositphotos

Crocodiles mate in the water, and females lay eggs in nests made of mud and vegetation. After about 2-3 months of incubation, the eggs hatch, and the mother helps the hatchlings reach the water.

What role do crocodiles play in the ecosystem?

a group of crocodiles in their natural habitat

Crocodiles are apex predators and play a crucial role in maintaining the balance of their ecosystems. They help control the populations of fish and other prey species, which in turn affects the entire food web.

How do crocodiles adapt to seasonal changes?

Brillenkaiman (Caiman crocodilus yacare), Portrait, frontal, Pantanal, Mato Grosso, Brasilien via DepostiPhotos
Brillenkaiman (Caiman crocodilus yacare), Portrait, frontal, Pantanal, Mato Grosso, Brasilien via DepostiPhotos

Crocodiles can adjust their behavior to cope with seasonal changes, such as basking in the sun to regulate their body temperature and burrowing into mud to stay cool during extreme heat or drought.

What threats do crocodiles face in the wild?

An large alligator look up the see if there are any food ready, with the sharp teeth via DepostiPhotos
An large alligator look up the see if there are any food ready, with the sharp teeth via DepostiPhotos

Crocodiles face threats from habitat destruction due to coastal development and pollution, illegal hunting for their skin, and conflicts with humans. Climate change also poses a threat by altering their habitats and affecting prey availability. Conservation programs are essential to protect these ancient reptiles and their environments.

Crocodiles Found In Pavement: Conclusion

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The three crocodiles found beneath a pavement in India is not just a testament to the adaptability and resilience of these ancient reptiles, but also a reflection of the broader challenges posed by rapid urbanization.

The harmonious coexistence of villagers with crocodiles in Gujarat, offers a beacon of hope. It exemplifies the potential for mutual respect between humans and wildlife, even in an ever-modernizing world.

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Julio C.

Friday 1st of December 2023

This is the first time I heard something scarry like these.

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John Hartman

Friday 15th of September 2023

This is so scarry!

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Ruth

Thursday 24th of August 2023

Every culture has it own beliefs and also in animals , wolves Mexicans, elephants Egyptian, south Africans cats and dogs, Chinese snake' and so it goes on we are all lovers of animals and in between who get other types as well .

Monday 21st of August 2023

I believe there is a reason the dinosaurs are gone. And people who believe we need to coexist with these things are insane.

Sunday 27th of August 2023

@E.d, you wrote this like a 4 year old

John

Sunday 27th of August 2023

They aren't ALL gone.Despite the less dramatic approach...birds ARE the surviving avian line of dinosaurs. They did not descend from nor share common ancestors... They Are dinosaurs....the only (dinosaur) survivors of the killing meteor what wiped most of them out.

Chris

Saturday 26th of August 2023

All species's of living creatures have as much right to live on our host planet as we do in many instances more so

E.d

Friday 25th of August 2023

Your really a moron. Do you have a clue what crocodile and alligators do to keep our eco system clean and how much disease do you think there would be if they weren't there eat all the Karian in our lake rivers and oceans. My God my 4 year old knows why we must learn to live with these kind of animals.

David

Wednesday 23rd of August 2023

Understanding other cultures is crucial to peaceful coexistence.

N Gabriel

Sunday 20th of August 2023

Salt water........ Crocs - salt

Chris

Saturday 26th of August 2023

@N Gabriel, Saltwater crocodiles actually spend 99% of their life in freshwater even the American crocodiles and alligators will spend a good amount of time in salt water this is not uncommon

Wednesday 23rd of August 2023

@N Gabriel, The mugger crocodile (Crocodylus palustris) is a medium-sized broad-snouted crocodile, also known as mugger and marsh crocodile. It is native to freshwater habitats from southern Iran to the Indian subcontinent, where it inhabits marshes, lakes, rivers and artificial ponds

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