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General Biology
Crocodilians have a variety of different biological and physiological adaptations to help them function effectively and survive in their environment. Information ranges from vision and hearing to the function of the palatal valve and the musk glands.



Sense organs SENSE ORGANS
Structures which enable crocodilians to gather information about their surroundings.

ISO organs:
Skin-based sensory receptors

Miscellaneous MISCELLANEOUS
Other remarkable biological adaptations which help crocodilians to survive.

Palatal valve:
Keeps water out of the throat underwater

Locomotion LOCOMOTION
Ways in which crocodilians move around their environment, on land or in water.

Overview:
How do crocodiles move around?

Belly crawl:
Generally slow, land-based movement

High walk:
Mammal-like gait, whole body off ground

Gallop:
Limited to small, powerful species for high speed escape

Swimming:
The most efficient form of crocodilian movement

Jumping:
Leaping crocodiles? Read on!

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