New Delhi: Crocodiles have been around for some 200 million years and have changed very little since the time of the dinosaurs. Although classified as a reptile, crocodiles are more closely related to birds and dinosaurs than they are to most reptile species. This week from 21st to 27th January, find out more about these time-preserved amphibians on Animal Planet’s programming special Animal Planet A to Z .
A vicious predator, the crocodile is the largest reptile in the world and by far, the most dangerous. Preferring to prey from the water’s edge, crocodiles are powerful swimmers and expertly adapted to life in the water where they do almost all of their hunting. Their eyes and nostrils are located on top of their head, which allows them to see and hear prey while partially submerged and virtually unnoticed. When a victim is spotted, the crocodile drops below the surface, inches forward to within striking range, then launches out of the water with a violent, bone-crushing attack. But this fearsome predator is also a surprisingly tender and protective parent. Get acquainted with the ancient amphibian on Animal Planet A-Z.
Starting withSecrets of the Crocodile, legendary host Steve Irwin embarks on the ultimate adventure to investigate the world of the crocodile as he tries to reveal its most guarded secrets. This is the story of his final crocodile research expedition and his heroic attempts to enter the dangerous and mysterious world of these reptiles.It is a journey of extreme danger and endurance.
In the second episode Crocodile Canyon,Mark O’Shea is in search of a mysterious and surprising contradiction – a population of water-dwelling crocodiles that are living in the middle of the desert. Undeterred by the less than hospitable conditions, Mark journeys through the scorching temperatures of West Africa to the mountainous sand dunes of the Sahara in search of the desert crocodile.
For millions of years, crocodiles have roamed the earth — even outliving dinosaurs. They are the perfect models of evolution, having changed only slightly over the millennia. But very little is known about their habits, their lives or their movements. Watch Animal Planet A-Z to understand the evolution, behavior and amazing battleground of these dangerous reptiles.
The programme lineup for Animal Planet A-Z this week is as follows:
Mon 21-Jan Secrets of the Crocodile
Tue 22-Jan Crocodiles The Last Dragon
Wed 23-Jan Diving with Crocodiles
Thu 24-Jan Ferocious African Crocodiles
Fri 25-Jan Invasion of the Crocodiles
Sat 26-Jan MOOWK – Crocodile Blues
Sun 27-Jan Crocodile Canyon