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Crocs: Ancient Predators in a Modern World

February 3–May 6, 2018


Come face-to-snout with live crocodilians, a group of reptiles that has evolved and thrived for 200 million years thanks to their brute strength, keen senses, and murderous instincts. Today’s crocs range from diminutive forest dwellers to monstrous creatures that eat wildebeests, buffaloes, and occasionally people. Their ancestors were the galloping land predators, jumping insect eaters, pug-nosed herbivores, and ocean-going filter-feeders that haunted our waters and our dreams.

What is there to do in Crocs?

  • Check out live species, including the Siamese crocodile, the broad-snouted caiman, the American alligator, and the West African dwarf crocodile
  • Peek into a real living alligator nest
  • Learn to speak croc in under five minutes
  • Test your strength against a croc’s bite
  • Check out awesome skulls
  • Make water dance
  • Create a 3-D animation of a long-extinct croc
  • Learn all about croc attacks

$5 for nonmembers in addition to general admission; $3 for individual and family members. Family plus members and above see it free.

Members can see Crocs first and for free at a special exhibit preview on Friday, February 2. Members are invited to register here. Not a member? Join today!

siamese crocodile by bernard dupont
Siamese Crocodile (Image Courtesy of Wikimedia Commons)

Crocs introduces visitors to one of the most exciting and primal groups of animals through the presentation of amazing live animals, realistic croc models, engaging interactive activities, and informative videos. The exhibit explores the rich and complex lives of alligators, crocodiles, caimans and gharials—their evolutionary history, biology and behavior, and their precarious relationship to people.

Crocs: Ancient Predators in a Modern World was created by Clyde Peeling’s Reptiland in Allenwood, Pa.

How much do you know about crocs? Test your knowledge, then scroll down for the answers!

  1. ___________ was an extinct croc that may have eaten big dinosaurs.
  2. TRUE or FALSE? Crocodilians are more closely related to birds than they are to lizards.
  3. TRUE or FALSE? Croc fossils have been found on every continent except Antarctica.
  4. Sarcosuchus imperator had more than __________ teeth lining its massive jaws.
  5. In cold weather American alligators go through a dormant state called ___________.
  6. ___________ are bony disks embedded in the skin of crocodilians.
  7. TRUE or FALSE? A croc may go through as many as 15,000 teeth in its lifetime.
  8. Crocodilians communicate with sight, sound, ___________, and ___________.
  9. __________ species of crocs are now considered critically endangered.
  10. TRUE or FALSE? People living in Australia are more likely to drown than to be killed by a croc.
  11. What was the first animal to be removed from the U.S. endangered species list?

1: Deinosuchus; 2: True; 3: False, every continent including Antarctica; 4.: 100; 5: Brumation; 6: Osteoderms; 7: False, more like 3,000-4,000; 8: Chemical cues and touch; 9. 7; 10. True; 11: American alligator