Sure, many wetlands are full of lovely plants and birds and bugs, but in northern Australia, in addition to these other creatures, some wetlands are inhabited by CROCS!

“Say ‘aaaaaargh’!” Saltwater crocodile showing off an impressive set of choppers.

There are two kinds of crocodile in Australia – the saltwater crocodile (Crocodylus porosus), and the smaller freshwater crocodile (Crocodylus  johnstoni).  Don’t let their names fool you – both crocodiles can be found in fresh, brackish (slightly salty), or salty water – and are very good at remaining hidden from sight until their prey is within lunging distance!

Queensland’s Australia Zoo keeps both types of crocodiles at their facility – many of them have been relocated to the zoo from the wild after loitering in places that made people feel uncomfortable (like on a popular boat ramp).  Check out some of their profiles, and some fun crocodile facts here.

POETRY PROMPT: Write a poem from the point of view of an animal that has just been snatched from the riverbank by a crocodile!

Or alternatively, write a poem from the point of view of a hungry crocodile.



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