A group of Nile crocodiles close together

Crocodile family

Crocodiles and the dwarf crocodile are a family of reptiles within the Crocodile order. The Nile crocodile, American Crocodile and mugger crocodile are example members of this family.

Did you know?
A crocodile can't stick out its tongue. This is because of a membrane which holds the tongue in place.

Scientific name: Crocodylidae

Rank: Family


Map showing the distribution of the Crocodile family taxa

The shading illustrates the diversity of this group - the darker the colour the greater the number of species. Data provided by WWF's Wildfinder.

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Crocodiles in this genus are believed to have changed very little in the past 20 million years. They may even have been around during the extinction of the dinosaurs.

When they lived

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