CROC!!

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!

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“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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