Photo of the Day: Crocodile tears

2014-01-27 16:47

(Tayla Joubert)

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Crocodiles are aquatic reptiles that can be found in the tropics of Africa, Asia, Australia and the Americas.

Today’s photo of the day, was captured by News 24 reader, Tayla Joubert, a 17 year old student.  Her family was on a December holiday at a Crocodile farm just outside of Ballito, KwaZulu-Natal, when she captured the eye of a crocodile through this photograph.
She used a Sony Cyber shot, with a Carl Zeiss 50mm lens to zoom into the crocodile’s scales.

Here are five things you probably didn’t know about crocodiles:
•    Farmed crocodiles can reach 1.5 metres  in length in just one year.

•    When crocodiles sit on river banks with their mouths opens, it's not aggression. They're trying to cool off as they sweat through their mouths.

•    Each crocodile jaw has 24 teeth that are meant to grasp and crush, not chew. They swallow stones that grind food inside their stomachs.

•    Crocodile skin is considered one of the finest, treasured for it durability and softness. It's a sign of status in tribal societies.
   
•    "Crying crocodile tears" – displaying fake sadness – comes from the myth that the reptiles weep when eating humans. They do wipe their eyes when feeding, but only because their eyes bubble and froth when eating. (via Telegraph.co.uk)


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