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Crocodilians: Natural History and Conservation is the Internet's largest crocodile site, established in 1995. Written by a crocodile specialist, it's an ever-growing database of everything you need to know about crocodiles, including all the different species, their biology, conservation, how they talk, and even their captive care.

When you can't trust Wikipedia, come straight to the source.


Croc Blog
A regularly updated blog where we
discuss interesting, relevant and
occasionally offbeat croc matters.

Listen to the official podcast
where we interview cool croc people, and discuss
the latest news, science, and TV shows.


Current Web Contents

Kindly hosted by the University of Bristol (1995-1997)
and the Florida Museum of Natural History / IUCN-SSC Crocodile Specialist Group (1997-2011)

Natural History & Conservation

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Crocodilian Species List
Premier source of information on all 23 crocodilian species, including distribution maps, images, taxonomy and more.

Crocodilian Biology Database
Specific information on biology and behaviour discussed in depth and illustrated clearly, plus a list of frequently asked crocodile questions.

Crocodilian Communication
Crocodilians are the most vocal of all reptiles. Hear juvenile distress calls, threatening adult hisses, and courtship bellows.

Crocodilian Resources
A detailed, complete document on the captive husbandry of crocodilians - serious keepers only need apply.

Crocodilian Resources
Spectacular snapshots of crocodilians sent in by contributors. The best each year wins a prize. Can you do better?

Crocodilian Resources
Crocodiles can move with frightening speed and agility. Walking, swimming, galloping, leaping - it's all here.

Crocodilian Resources
Navigate the Internet swamps with a list of what we consider high quality crocodile web resources.

Articles and Essays
Five major new sections are in the works...


5 May 2012 - CrocLog Podcast Episode 10
The latest CrocLog Podcast is now available from the Croc Blog site, and you can also find it on iTunes. This episode features an interview with croc legend Rom Whitaker, someone who has been an inspiration for many of us with his devotion to crocodile and snake conservation. We also talk about record-breaking crocodile bite forces, about Cambodia selling off its National Parks, recovery of the American crocodile in Florida, Nile crocodiles attacking elephants, recent crocodile attacks, and a discussion about Swimming with Crocodiles.

17 February 2012 - Swimming with Crocodiles
If you're in the UK, don't miss the two-part Swimming with Crocodiles which starts on BBC2 at 9pm (after Top Gear) on Sunday 19 February and concludes the following week at the same time. I travel to Botswana with UK adventurer Ben Fogle and we go diving with wild Nile crocodiles in the Okavango Delta to investigate their behaviour and sensory abilities from the perspective of a crocodile. In part 2 we consider look at doing the same thing with saltwater crocodiles in Australia. Also, there have been a number of new CrocLog Podcasts posted, the most recent is Episode 9 featuring an update on the work being done in Belize by ACES.

1 July 2011 - A new look
Welcome to the newly designed front page for - something that's been long overdue. The entire website is getting a serious shakedown right now, and I'm being assisted in this enormous task by Brandon Sideleau who's a wildlife photographer and crocodile afficionado based in California. The sections you see above will be joined soon by several exciting new ones. One of these is basically content-ready, but the page design needs to be implemented, and we have plenty of material for the others that just needs tidying up. We're still tweaking the design of the front page, so this may not be the final look, but I hope you like it. Bear in mind we do this in our spare time and run entirely on a voluntary basis, so there are limits to our productivity and talents in web design!

1 July 2011 - A new server
After 14 years of being hosted by Florida Museum of Natural History, the website Crocodilians - Natural History & Conservation is moving entirely to the servers. That means the old link is going to stop working, so if you haven't already done so please update any links directly to the homepage. Individual page links should be transferrable by changing to

My sincere thanks to FLMNH for hosting the main site for all these years.

9 May 2011 - CrocLog Podcast Episode 5
The latest episode of the CrocLog Podcast (Ep5) is now available. We interview John Brueggen, the director of the St Augustine Alligator Farm, about the first fertile gharial eggs laid in the US; we discuss the new Nile crocodile species Crocodylus suchus; we talk about the TV show Diving with Crocodiles which involves doing exactly that with wild Nile crocodiles; and we analyse the latest crocodile news from around the world.

In other news, the attack database is coming along extremely well and we'll be implementing this here soon, we're updating species distribution maps, and a few other things.


The Crocodilian discussion mailing list.

A Brief History of Crocodilian Conservation - read this essay if you think croc conservation is simply a matter of protecting everything.

McKinlay Freshwater Crocodile Project 2001 photographs.

Chinese Alligator Fund - Support the conservation of the critically endangered Chinese alligator.

Ferocious Crocs hosted by Animal Planet where I field the answers to popular croc questions.

Species Distribution Maps - The most up-to-date and detailed distribution maps for all 23 species, recently used by National Geographic for Supercroc materials. Help to improve them further and provide a resource for scientists and educators.

Walking with Dinosaurs - helping to shed light on creatures that went extinct over 65 million years ago. Read more about the 21st Century Dinosaurs.