Crocodilian Internet Resources
Crocodilian
Internet Resources

DISCUSSION | GENERAL BIOLOGY | BIBLIOGRAPHIES

RESEARCH | CONSERVATION | COMMERCIAL USE | PUBLICATIONS

ARTICLES & FEATURES | CAPTIVE CARE | OTHER ARCHOSAURS

by Mason Meers & Adam Britton

 
RESOURCES
There are more crocodile and alligator sites appearing each month on the Internet, and so we've created a list which highlights the very best. Whether you're looking for information on a particular species, conservation management, discussion lists, references or photographs, you should be able to find what you're looking for here. Of course, we can't possibly know all the links out there, so if you think any others deserve a mention, please contact us.


Biblio
BIBLIOGRAPHY


Species List
SPECIES LIST


Biology Database
BIOLOGY DATABASE


Communication
COMMUNICATION


CROCFAQ
CAPTIVE CARE
 
PLEASE NOTE: IN THE PROCESS OF BEING UPDATED - LINKS FURTHER DOWN THE PAGE ARE OUT OF DATE

DISCUSSION:
Alligator & Crocodile Forum
Sponsored by the Crocodile Specialist Group and Crocodilians: Natural History & Conservation, this HerpForum bulletin board provides a way in which any aspect of crocodilians can be discussed. Much of the discussion centres on keeping crocodilians in captivity, but questions on biology & conservation are often aired and answered.
Crocodilian Mailing List (CROCLIST)
A mailing list (that is, directed to your email account) where the discussion revolves around crocodilians. Any aspect of crocodilians such as biology, conservation, evolution, management & captive care can be discussed. To subscribe, you need to visit http://lists.gatorhole.com/mailman/listinfo/croclist and fill in your details. You can unsubscribe at any time.

GENERAL BIOLOGY:

Crocodilians: Natural History & Conservation (crocodilian.com)
A wide-ranging and extensively illustrated educational resource covering major crocodilian topics. Includes a complete species database, an expanding biology database, communication and vocalisations, an extensive and professional captive care manual, internet resources, and a picture of the month.
Sea World: Busch Gardens
The Sea World & Busch Gardens Animal Bytes animal database is designed to help you find the info you're looking for quickly. They have pages on American alligator, American crocodile, crocodiles and alligators, and Nile crocodile. Entries provides basic biological info and "Fun Facts" to entertain friends and family.
The Gator Hole
This is an excellent and accessible discussion of the American Alligator. Mike Godwin answers many of the questions we get asked on a day to day basis, so check this page out for info on alligator behavior, biology, etc.
The Paleosuchus Page
Colin Stevenson has produced a truly excellent and in-depth guide to the Paleosuchus genus, from general biology and conservation to captive care - highly recommended.

BIBLIOGRAPHIES:

BCB Bibliography of Crocodilian Biology
Over 3000 journal, book and scientific report references on all aspects of crocodyliforms, an invaluable resource for anyone interested in researching crocodilians. Includes a section on books and articles of general interest to anyone as well as highly specialized scientific works.
Broad-snouted Caiman: Bibliography
A bibliography of research relating to broad-snouted caiman (Caiman latirostris) conservation and husbandry. Brought to you by the Base de Dados Tropical.
BCB Tim Wiegmann's Crocodile Library
An excellent and well-organised general bibliography of crocodilians, from Tim's personal library. You can search for titles by keyword, or browse the references by author. Abstracts are available for a number of listed titles. Highly recommended.

SCIENTIFIC RESEARCH:

Alligator: Digital Atlas of the Skull
by the University of Texas Digital Morphology Group. A fascinating project which presents X-ray CT data obtained for Alligator mississippiensis on CD-ROM. The pages present thumbnails of the scans, a bibliography, and also a nicely illustrated overview of the biology and evolutionary history of the American alligator and its closest relatives.
Crocodilian Circulatory System
by Michael Axelsson. Crocodilians have amazingly efficient hearts, capable of shunting blood away from their lungs when submerged. Dr. Axelsson's work on crocodilian circulation includes anatomical drawings and quicktime movies.

CONSERVATION:

American Zoo & Aquarium Association (AZA)
The AZA Crocodilian Advisory Group is specifically geared toward captive breeding programs and goes a long way toward helping maintain genetic integrity of the species that need it. The Species Survival Plan is also part of the AZA, and addresses critically endangered crocodilians, including the Chinese alligator and Cuban crocodile.
AG Krokodile
The crocodile specialists of the German DGHT (the world's largest herpetological organisation) whose aim is to raise the awareness of crocodilians in the eyes of the public, and build links between the various organisations who promote their conservation. Anyone interested in crocodilians should consider joining.
Crocodile Specialist Group
The Crocodile Specialist Group is the IUCN / Species Specialist Group for crocodiles - a conservation and management body responsible for co-ordinating recovery, research and commercial use programs around the world. Their web site includes the quarterly CSG Newsletter, the updated 1998 Action Plan, related management information, a picture gallery and their own links page.
Proyecto Yacaré
Proyecto Yacaré is a very successful conservation program for broad-snouted caimans based upon realising their economic potential as an incentive to conserve both animals and habitat. The English summary is required reading if you don't believe sustainable use can benefit wildlife. Perhaps the most interesting development is an eco-tourism program, where visitors can experience perhaps the ultimate vacation - first-hand participation in a conservation program, hatching out baby caimans, visiting these amazing creatures in their natural habitat, and directly assisting their conservation. Highly recommended.

TOURISM & COMMERCIAL USE:

Alligator Bob
Hungry? Alligator Bob's is primarily a food distributor specializing in alligator meat. You can order a variety of products for both commercial and private use.
Everglades Alligator Farm
This farm offers a variety of activities, from shows and demonstrations to airboat rides. You can pick up a discount coupon at the site.
Gatorland
Gatorland (in Orlando, Florida) is a tourism-based alligator farm that's been around for 50 years. The website is nicely put together and features all kinds of information about the facility, and includes a gift shop where you can purchase alligator goods and help promote gator conservation.
St. Augustine Alligator Farm
"The original alligator attraction," this "farm" brings in thousands of guests a year to see every species of crocodilian alive today! In fact, this is the only place you can go in the world and see all of the living species in one place. It's truly an amazing collection of animals that's put to good use by both tourists and scientists alike.

PUBLICATIONS:

Herpetology Books On-Line
Here you'll find a variety of crocodilian publications for sale, ranging from current books to fairly old publications and reprints. Other herpetological titles are also available.
Zoo Book Sales
A highly recommended site for finding both new and used books on crocodiles, alligators and caimans. Books on other species are also available.

ARTICLES & FEATURES:

In the Nile, Crocodile
Richard Fergusson and Allison Leslie answer questions on their work and crocodiles in general for the Discovery Channel's Wild Discovery feature.
Nova Online: Crocodiles
Web page produced for PBS, featuring short articles on crocodilians including an interview with Allison Leslie on Nile crocs, an overview of the crocodilian species, and quick croc facts.
Reptiles of Australia
Part of the Reptiles of Australia database. The crocodile entries contain overviews of the Australian freshwater crocodile (Crocodylus johnstoni) and the Australian saltwater crocodile (Crocodylus porosus), written by Adam Britton.
The Crocodile Files
by One World Magazine. Two interesting stories on crocodilian mythology, plus a selection of quick croc facts interspersed with some fascinating legends.
The Goods on Gators
Kent Vliet hosts a question and answer forum on American alligators for the Discovery Channel's Wild Discovery feature.
The Living Edens: Kakadu
The article "Monster Crocs", written by Adam Britton for PBS Online, discusses the crocodiles of Kakadu National Park and the changing conservation challenges that have been faced.
The Ultimate Guide: Crocodiles
Web page produced in association with the documentary screened on the Discovery Channel, includes videos, a croc tour, and a Q&A session with the scientific advisor, Adam Britton.

CAPTIVE CARE:

Crocodilian Captive Care FAQ
The most comprehensive manual on crocodilian care available on the Internet, with contributions from biologists, vets and experienced keepers. If you are interested in keeping crocodilians, reading this is essential.
My Spectacled Caiman
Ragnar Lonn's amusing and readable account of the trails and tribulations of raising his spectacled caiman Bert. Interesting photographs of enclosures and behaviour are also included.
Alligator and their Kin
by Robert Gruen. A relatively short overview of keeping alligators and other crocodilians in captivity.

MISCELLANEOUS:

Archosaurs
Learn about the great Archosaur lineage, which includes a massively diverse array of creatures from dinosaurs and crocodiles to birds.
Bibliography of Fossil Vertebrates
An index of published literature of vertebrate paleontology from 1509 - 1993. The Evolution of Terrestrial Ecosystems Consortium, through an arrangement with the Society of Vertebrate Paleontology (SVP), is providing online access to the SVP's Bibliography of Fossil Vertebrates series through these pages.
Bibliography of Hadrosaurian Dinosaurs
Presented by the National Museum of Natural History at the Smithsonian Institution, this is an exhaustive bibliography which is updated regularly.
The Dinosaur Society
If you're into dinosaurs, this site is a must. Apart from hosting some incredible art, it also provides a list of published references, gives you the chance to visit a dig, has a guide to dino places you can vacation to, and a list of dino pen pals.
The Raptor Center
The University of Minnesota has info on raptors, among the most beautiful and fascinating of living archosaurs! Includes raptor resources such as newsgroups, images, facts and even treatment of injured birds.
The Royal Tyrell Museum
A nicely presented site showing that museums are not stuffy and boring. Get the lowdown on dinos with a virtual tour, get involved in fieldwork programs, play games and much more.
Vertebrate Paleontology: Crocodilians
Dr Art Busbey's research into crocodilian skulls, includes his links page and a list of published work which includes several crocodilian papers.

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