Can Crocodiles Smile?


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No crocodiles don't and can't smile at you! This is one of those urban (or rather, jungle) myths that crop up from time to time. They don't smile, sneer or swim around with wrist watches tick-tocking in their tummies!

There are two types of crocodiles to be wary of: the saltwater crocodile, known as the saltie, and the freshwater crocodile, otherwise known as the freshie.
Both are found in northern Australia, in swamps, billabongs, rivers, estuaries, or wherever water is found. The freshie will leave you alone if you leave it alone, but it will attack if provoked.
The saltwater croc will attack even when unprovoked and is a real danger. Don't believe you are safe from saltwater crocodiles if you are far from the sea as they have been sighted much further inland away from salt water. Fresh water crocs have narrower snouts and are rarely more than three metres long. The saltwater crocodile is generally larger and with a fuller snout, and watch out for those teeth!
If you can't distinguish between the two, or don't have the time or inclination to figure out what type of crocodile you see, be wary of any crocodile and don't venture anywhere they are known to be. You will find saltwater and freshwater crocodiles in Australia's northern regions.

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