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Geographical range[edit]

I came here looking for geographical info on crocodiles. Could someone please add a description of native and introduced wild crocodile geography? --Loqi (talk) 20:29, 20 February 2009 (UTC)

Excessive use of nouns.[edit]

Bite force[edit]

No bite force is provided. P/Square Inch and Standard Atmospheres are units of pressure, not force. It may sound like a technicality, but it's not. Avianmosquito (talk) 09:24, 25 September 2009 (UTC)

You're right, plus there's the effect of bite location - the muscle can generate a given force about the joint (therefore a given torque), and therefore position in the jaw matters a great deal (hence why we have molars at the back - large force for crushing). Unfortunately, I cannot find any peer-review papers on crocodile bite force (I get 13,000 N from a Ken Vliet paper on alligators). I heard a talk recently by someone who does have this data (forces at two points in the jaw) for a wide variety of species, but the paper isn't published yet. Mokele (talk) 18:06, 25 September 2009 (UTC)

Why does it say in regards to crocodiles bite force " These jaws can bite down with immense force, by far the strongest bite of any animal. The pressure of the crocodile's bite is more than 5,000 pounds per square inch (30,000 kPa)"

When it also says on the Tasmanian Devil wikipedia page "An analysis of mammalian bite force relative to body size shows that the devil has the strongest bite of any living mammal, over 5,100 psi (35,000 kPa)"? (unsigned)

You're right, the Tasmanian devil force is completely wrong and flatly contradicted by the reference they cite for it. Mokele (talk) 02:23, 4 March 2011 (UTC)
I believe the discrepancy would be due to the qualifier "of any living mammal" in the Tasmanian Devil quote. Dinferno (talk) 13:46, 18 December 2011 (UTC)

Please change the pounds per inch to lbs of force for all of those bite forces. The 5000 figure comes from Brady Barr testing a Nile Croc's bite force with a load cell. Just so we're clear again, as stated before, pounds per square inch (PSI), is not the the same as lbs of force. The former has to do with force over area, which is pressure, the latter is just plain force. DinoJones (talk) 22:31, 20 December 2011 (UTC)

Largest Crocodile- There is no evidence to suggest that the largest saltwater crocodile was indeed 28 feet long. There is only a replica of it and just one story to back it up which I kinda doubt. —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 13:13, 10 October 2009 (UTC)

Bite force 2[edit]


Trimmed see also section[edit]

The see also section was rather long. Per WP:See also I've removed every link that is already made in the article. In particular, I don't see any reason to link to any particular species of crocodile there as we already have a list of crocodiles with appropriate links in the article. As there are many, we would need a good reason to link to only specific ones anyway. The Nile crocodile is I believe one of the most common, but that's already mentioned in the article (that why I believe it's the case) and that's the way it should be handled so the reader understands why it's of relevance. The article also discusses and links to Nile crocodile in several other instances, as would be natural if they are quite common. I've also removed Steve Irwin from the list. I'm personally not entirely sure whether it's of sufficient relevance at all, but in any case I see no reason to link both Crocodile Hunter and Steve Irwin in the article. IMHO the article on the show is of greater relevance so I've left that in. Nil Einne (talk) 11:49, 13 November 2009 (UTC)

Rehabilitation of the Much-Vandalized Etymology Section[edit]

The Etymology section which I painstakingly researched and wrote in 2008 has suffered some erroneous mutations due to being repeatedly vandalized and repaired.

(Why is an article on crocodiles subjected to so much vandalism?? Get a life.)

For example, the Greek letter kappa should always be transliterated as 'k' not 'c' according to present-day academic conventions. (Though note 'c' is correct once a Greek word has been Latinized). Accents on the Greek transliterations have also suffered, and some other points.

I do recognize that our contributions to Wikipedia get altered by later editors -- but in this case you will see that none of the changes has been for the better.

You'll find my pristine original version in the article history at:

The source code of the entire Etymology section there should simply be cut and pasted into the current article.

Thank you. ~CrocodileCorrector

Add the article in albanian sq:Krokodili[edit]

—Preceding unsigned comment added by (talkcontribs)

Done. Firsfron of Ronchester 13:30, 24 April 2010 (UTC)

Longest crocodile ever?[edit]

I notice that under the 'Size' subheading there is discussion about the largest crocodile held in captivity, named Yai, measuring 19.69ft, held in Thailand. The article then mentions the largest crocodile ever captured alive, Lolong, measuring 20 ft 3 in, and held in the Philippines. I'd like to point out that Lolong is indeed in captivity and therefore holds both titles. This is confirmed on the reference used to verify the Lolong's size, it's also cited on Lolong's wikipedia page. --IkaInk (talk) 05:34, 15 March 2012 (UTC)

I have calculated, with the help of software, the length of a crocodile killed in Northen Zimbabwe from a photo I have received, which measures about 24 feet (7.325m), which looks like to longest croc ever. I would be nice to verify this by actually go and measure the wall upon which it laid when the photo was taken.

Contact me at to get the photo. —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 09:37, 3 September 2010 (UTC)

Very interesting, and certainly within the range of reports for wild crocodiles. However, to add this information, it needs to have a credible reference and cannot be your original work. (including a synthesis of taking a referenced photo and then applying your software to it to produce a number). Try to find a reference that concurs with you, and is credible. Jbower47 (talk) 17:41, 9 September 2010 (UTC)

Dozens of villagers and experts ensnared a 20.1-foot (6.1-meter) male crocodile along a creek in Bunawan township in Agusan del Sur province after a three-week hunt. It could be one of the largest crocodiles to be captured alive in recent years. About 100 people had to pull the crocodile, which weighs about 2,370 pounds (1,075 kilograms), from the creek to a clearing where a crane lifted it into a truck. — Preceding unsigned comment added by Korn1nut2fan3 (talkcontribs) 15:45, 6 September 2011 (UTC)

I'll trust that length once an actual scientist measures it. Until then, it's little more than any other "big fish" story. Mokele (talk) 18:04, 6 September 2011 (UTC)
  • It seems that the measurement of an 'actual politician' can't be trusted. Just in case, once National Geographic representatives have measured the crocodile, can we make a short description of it here? Or maybe, create an article about it if it's allowed. Thanks. PolicarpioM (talk) 05:34, 10 October 2011 (UTC)
If an 'actual politician' told me 2+2=4, I'd be compelled to go back and re-check all of basic math to make sure it wasn't all a lie. At any rate, The NG folks measurements should be fine, if they actually make any (the quality of their programming has been going steadily downhill). If they don't actually measure it (either digitally or physically), no dice. Mokele (talk) 14:57, 11 October 2011 (UTC)
Lol. Nice one there. I'll wait for the actual measurement then by NatGeo. PolicarpioM (talk) 06:47, 25 October 2011 (UTC)

Its too bad NatGeo is delaying in measuring this beast.. whats the hold up anyway? — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 04:10, 14 October 2011 (UTC)

It's always best to take the side of prudence when it came to measurements but it's better to be bold when capturing a big crocodile. PolicarpioM (talk) 06:52, 25 October 2011 (UTC)
  • Hi Mokele and other crocodile experts. The National Geographic team led by Dr. Adam Britton has finally measured Lolong at 20 feet, three inches as reported in GMA News. I've made an edit to include this fact. Please feel free to discuss it here if you think the edit is still unacceptable. Thanks. PolicarpioM (talk) 06:33, 15 November 2011 (UTC)

Can someone remove the statement about "Utan" at the size section? The source used for it actually states that Yai is recognized by Guinness. It says nothing whatsoever about Utan. The only people who state he's 20 feet are his keepers... -- (talk) 12:14, 17 November 2011 (UTC)
  • Hey, you're right. I'll delete Utan based on your observation. If other editors don't agree with the deletion, please state your reasons here. I'll delete Utan based on blatant promotion and questionable sources since it's promoting a crocodile tourist attraction based on a claim that is not supported by independent, reliable sources. Also, this is an exceptional claim that points to a reference describing "Yai" instead of "Utan". In short, the citation is misleading as well. PolicarpioM (talk) 05:45, 10 December 2011 (UTC)

Lolong has a lenght of approximately "6.17" metres, not 6.096 like stated in this article. I'm apparantly not able to correct it myself as this article is locked to new users. -- (talk) 15:21, 27 January 2012 (UTC)

  • Whoa! If you can link the reliable source here, I'll make an edit. PolicarpioM (talk) 08:17, 18 May 2012 (UTC)
You can find all the sources you need on Lolong's own page here on wikipedia. 20 feet 3 inches = 6.17 metres. -- (talk) 01:57, 11 June 2012 (UTC)
  • Hi there. Not sure if this blog from the Lolong Wikipedia article is really from Dr. Adam Britton. But this news article is a reliable source. The measurement says 20 feet four inches. We can edit the measurement later when the Guinness Book of World Records officially publishes the exact measurement. PolicarpioM (talk) 04:38, 30 June 2012 (UTC)

That blog is of Adam Britton. Guinness has named him the world's largest at 20 feet 3 inches a few weeks ago. -- (talk) 23:48, 7 July 2012 (UTC)

  • We now have one reliable source plus Adam Britton's blog. I'll now make the changes in measurement. PolicarpioM (talk) —Preceding undated comment added 06:53, 12 July 2012 (UTC)

Here's the official page from Guinness to add as a source:

And one from National Geographic:

-- (talk) 00:06, 13 July 2012 (UTC)

Issues and conflicting passages[edit]

In reading this section, I noticed a few issues and sections that seemed to have conflicting language.

1) Is crocodile, as opposed to crocodilian(s), really a common term for the general Order? I admit, my specialty is somewhat limited, having worked primarily with alligator mississipppiensis, but I had not previous heard the word "crocodile" used for anything except actual members of crocodylidae, whereas alligatoridae are (at least in my anecdotal experience and brief web search) referred to as crocodilians, not crocodiles. This wiki entry would seem to assert otherwise in some places, and then contradict itself in others.

In the lead, "The term can also be used more loosely to include all extant members of the order Crocodilia: i.e. the true crocodiles, the alligators and caimans (family Alligatoridae) and the gharials (family Gavialidae), as well as the Crocodylomorpha which includes prehistoric crocodile relatives and ancestors."

As opposed to the text from description, which states "Crocodiles are similar to alligators and caiman; for their common biology and differences between them, see Crocodilia."

As the rest of this article referes specifically to crocodylidae, I'd recommend removing the line from the lead about referring to the whole order, unless someone can cite a good reference for that. Or at least reword it to refer to crocodilian, not crocodile, as the general term.

2) rewrite needed - The section on Biology and Behavior could use some formal grammar editing, and a check on some of the references. In particular, the last paragraph,

"It is reported[15] that when the Nile crocodile has lurked a long time underwater to catch prey, and thus has built up a big oxygen debt, when it has caught and eaten that prey, it closes its right aortic arch and uses its left aortic arch to flush blood loaded with carbon dioxide from its muscles directly to its stomach; the resulting excess acidity in its blood supply makes it much easier for the stomach lining to secrete very much stomach acid to quickly dissolve bulks of swallowed prey flesh and bone."

3) Under size, there are two conflicting paragraphs:

"The largest crocodile ever held in captivity is an Estuarine–Siamese hybrid named Yai (Thai: ใหญ่, meaning big) (born 10 June 1972) at the famous Samutprakarn Crocodile Farm and Zoo, Thailand. This animal measures 6 m (19.69 ft) (19 ft 8 in) in length and weighs 1114.27 kg."

"The largest captive crocodile alive in the US is located in South Carolina. In June 2002, Alligator Adventure introduced Utan. At 20 feet (6.1 m) long and weighing in at more than a ton, "Utan", the largest crocodile to ever be exhibited in the United States, made his new home in Myrtle Beach.[16]"

4) throughout the article, crocodilian and crocodile are used as meaning the same thing, and this is not the case. (see the size section, in which it states "Bearing these inaccuracies in mind, the oldest crocodilians appear to be the largest species.,,", it is unclear if they are talking abotu the oldest crocodile, or the oldest crocodilian species. In any case, what is probably meant is either most long-lived, on average, or oldest individual. The two are not the same measure.)

5) danger to humans section - can someone cite the Japanese soldier story? if not this needs to go, as it's hearsay to begin with, and has no source. Ditto for the information provided in the crocodile products section.

6) there needs to be a link to crocodilian.

I'll let a croc expert take a whack at this, if you have a care to otherwise, I'll check back in on it. Jbower47 (talk) 17:38, 9 September 2010 (UTC)

"Crocodiles are very fast over short distances, even out of water."[edit]

The article state that "Crocodiles are very fast over short distances, even out of water.". All that I can get from this sentence is that crocodiles are not slow, at over "short distances", as one might think. But what does "very fast" mean and what are "short distances". And why "very fast" and not just "fast"? I think it would be great to include some measured speeds or scientific estimates to paint a clearer picture on that topic. -- (talk) 17:13, 13 January 2011 (UTC)


A cladogram of Crocodylinae after Brochu C. A., Njau J., Blumenschine R. J., Densmore L. D. (2010) is tucked away at Rimasuchus. It might appear here too...--Wetman (talk) 22:02, 12 February 2011 (UTC)

Uh, hello?[edit]

In my opinion, the classification forgot something important: that crocodiles belong to Archosauria! Could this please be fixed? (talk) 23:28, 12 April 2011 (UTC)Adam70.80.215.121 (talk) 23:28, 12 April 2011 (UTC)

I agree that's a pretty significant fact. Abyssal (talk) 00:19, 13 April 2011 (UTC)


The infobox says "Temproral range: late cretaceous - recent" and the last part of the lede says "They are believed to be 200 million years old". So which is it? - filelakeshoe 23:31, 27 April 2011 (UTC)

Actually since this article is about crocodilids in particular and not crocodyloida (dating to the Late Cretaceous) or pan-crocodilians (dating to 200 ma or more), the oldest known crocodile (as opposed to alligator or something else) dates only to the eocene. Not exactly the living fossils people like to believe. Have updated this with refs. MMartyniuk (talk) 13:55, 29 April 2011 (UTC)

The age of a crocodile[edit]

The article states that:

"The most common method is to measure lamellar growth rings in bones and teeth—each ring corresponds to a change in growth rate which typically occurs once a year between dry and wet seasons.[19]"

then goes on immediately to say:

"Bearing these inaccuracies in mind, the oldest crocodilians appear to be the largest species."

To which inaccuracies does this sentence refer? I think some description of the difficulties inherent in estimating age from growth rings should be given or at least cited. If I knew what they were I'd change the article myself but unfortunately I, like Sergeant Schultz, know nothing. Furthermore, the use of the term "crocodilian" suggests that the sentence is referring to the age of the order crocodylia rather than the age of particular crocodiles. Perhaps this word could be changed to simply "crocodiles." —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 21:52, 29 April 2011 (UTC)

Discrepancy in largest crocodile records[edit]

Currently the article reads:

The largest crocodile ever held in captivity is an Estuarine–Siamese hybrid named Yai (Thai: ใหญ่, meaning big) (born 10 June 1972) at the famous Samutprakarn Crocodile Farm and Zoo, Thailand. This animal measures 6 m (19.69 ft) (19 ft 8 in) in length and weighs 1114.27 kg. The largest captive crocodile alive in the US is located in South Carolina. In June 2002, Alligator Adventure introduced Utan, born in 1964 in Thailand.[17] At 20 feet (6.1 m) long and weighing in at more than a ton, "Utan", the largest crocodile to ever be exhibited in the United States, made his new home in Myrtle Beach.[18]

This would mean the crocodile in captivity in South Carolina is larger than the largest ever held in captivity...Ordinary Person (talk) 02:35, 20 August 2011 (UTC)

What color is a crocodile?[edit]

It (the color) is not mentioned anywhere! They look green, but their sides are grey and their bellies are yellow? White? Light Green? What's right? What's an albino look like? Oh, and apparently certain things can change the color of their skin: Crocodile Turns Bright Orange Does this happen often? (talk) 22:04, 16 October 2011 (UTC)Kat in Massachusetts so I can't exactly check.

question about skulls[edit]

I was examining a skull of a caiman at the museum and noticed that it is the only skull I saw with the surface covered in dimples. I was told that these dimples act like suction cups to help hold the skin in place on the head. Does anyone know if there is any truth to this? — Preceding unsigned comment added by Rocket1962 (talkcontribs) 19:57, 9 March 2012 (UTC)

Kind of. The dimpling is seen in lots of reptiles where the skin adheres tightly to the underlying bone, but it's not really "like a suction cup". I'm not aware of the specific reason off the top of my head, but my bet would be something to do with increased surface area for firmer attachment. HCA (talk) 21:58, 10 March 2012 (UTC)

Edit request on 17 April 2012[edit]

Hello. I would like to request that the common English name associated with Crocodylus suchus be changed from Desert crocodile to West African crocodile. Desert crocodile is an incredibly inaccurate name as this species is in no way limited to any desert ecosystem and is not in common usage anywhere within the crocodile, conservation, or African herpetology communities. We are still looking for the most appropriate common name, but for now West African crocodile seems to be the most appropriate. Thanks! Matt Shirley

Mecistops (talk) 19:22, 17 April 2012 (UTC)Matt Shirley

Not done: please provide reliable sources that support the change you want to be made. elektrikSHOOS (talk) 19:40, 17 April 2012 (UTC)

Edit request on 23 April 2012[edit]

Schmitz needs to be changed to

and the source for this is: [1]


  1. ^ Schmitz, A., Mausfeld, P., Hekkala, E. Shine, T., Nickel, H., Amato, G. & Böhme, W. (2003): Molecular evidence for species level divergence in African Nile Crocodiles Crocodylus niloticus (Laurenti, 1786).- Comptes Rendus Palevol 2: 703-712

Sushaus (talk) 08:53, 23 April 2012 (UTC)

Edit request on 23 April 2012[edit]

Sorry, something went wrong with what I just wrote (first-timer ;-) ) What I meant is that the 2011 source for the resurrection of C. suchus is not correct, but it was actually already in the article by Schmitz et al. (Schmitz, Andreas; Patrick Mausfeld; Evon Hekkala; Tara Shine; Hemmo Nickel; George Amato; Wolfgang Böhme 2003. Molecular evidence for species level divergence in African Nile Crocodiles Crocodylus niloticus (Laurenti, 1786) Comptes Rendus Palevol 2: 703–712.

Thank you for correcting this Sushaus (talk) 09:00, 23 April 2012 (UTC)

I think it's better to remove the incorrect annotation altogether. The details are correctly hashed out in "Desert crocodile". Danger High voltage! 12:51, 23 April 2012 (UTC)

Edit request: "Size"[edit]

A 22ft, 2500lb crockodile was caught off the coast of the Nile river. Reference link, breaking early records. Gesellman (talk) 20:20, 28 April 2012 (UTC)

The photo is a trick, and an old one - place the animal in the foreground and the people/person/scale in the background, using perspective to make it look bigger than it really is. It's a big croc, no doubt, but without an accurate scale in the same plane as the animal, I believe its size as much as I believe Elijah Wood really is 4 feet tall with pointy ears and hairy feet. HCA (talk) 20:30, 28 April 2012 (UTC)


I am not a specialist in crodilians or cruratarsi. But I saw on an episode of an old series, paleoworld, a mention of a late myocene south american crocodilian named porosaurus that would dwarf even the Jurassic and Cretacic Crocodilomorpha. I can try to attempt a stub and hopefully some expert could take it from there. But since the series is quite old I wonder if that genus is still valid or was either dismissed or found out to be something else. Googling it doesnt bring anything significant. Learningnave (talk) 18:51, 19 August 2012 (UTC)

Try Purussaurus. HCA (talk) 11:51, 20 August 2012 (UTC)

Edit request: Biology and behavior[edit]

Second sentence is vandalism: "It lives in what nourishes it." Lamegeek9000 (talk) 18:26, 9 October 2012 (UTC)

Edit request: Change[edit]

Please, change the table, for a god lay out for the book... i can't download as pdf... thank you. 08:04, 21 October 2012‎ User:

unit conversions in bite pressure[edit]

The real ratio is 1 psi (pound per square inch) equals about 6.9 kPa.
So, the crocodile's 5,000 psi should be 35,000 kPa, hyena's 800 psi 5,600 kPa, and alligator's 2,000 psi 14,000 kPa, when using 7 as factor.
The current factors are: 6, 7.5 and 5, respectively. My suggestions are clearly closer to what they should be. (talk) 01:01, 29 October 2012 (UTC)

Distribution map request[edit]

I tried to contact the creator of the dist. map of Crocodylidae, but unfortunately such an acct no longer exists.. Since this page is about "true crocodiles" (Crocodylinae) only, the tomistoma should be taken out of the map. could someone good at this, help to edit it? Berkserker (talk) 21:37, 14 April 2013 (UTC)

References needed[edit]

I feel that the section on "species" needs a few inline references, but did not want to spoil the superb work of an editor by placing a tag on it, but I raise the matter here.__DrChrissy (talk) 18:30, 27 April 2013 (UTC)

you read my mind :) Berkserker (talk) 16:33, 28 April 2013 (UTC)
Great work on adding the references! __DrChrissy (talk) 19:00, 28 April 2013 (UTC)

Cladistic nonsense[edit]

The article claims that crocodiles are, along with dinosaurs, archosaurs.. while other living reptiles are diapsids.. the article for diapsids says they include crocodilians and at least some dinosaurs. Someone's making stuff up. I suspect it's both. — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 05:27, 26 May 2013 (UTC)

  • I fixed it. Diapsida includes all extant reptiles and birds, and is split into two large groups: Archosauria (crocs, birds, dinos, some other extinct mesozoic odds & ends), and Lepidosauria (tuataras, snakes and lizards). Turtles were formerly thought to be part of an otherwise totally extinct group, the anapsids, that was ancestral to both Diapsids and Synapsids (mammals & their ancestors), but modern work shows they're definitely Diapsids, though it's split on whether they're closer to Archosaurs or Lepidosaurs. I chose to leave them out entirely rather than delve into it, since it's just an introduction, and would be tangential to the main subject of the article. HCA (talk) 13:46, 26 May 2013 (UTC)

Mr. Freshy is dead[edit]

The 130 year old crocodile named Mr. Freshy is referred to in this article as still living, but according to the link below he has since died: — Preceding unsigned comment added by Frisbii (talkcontribs) 21:12, 2 August 2013 (UTC)

Updated the article with that info. --Agyle (talk) 21:19, 1 January 2014 (UTC)

Class reptilia?[edit]

The taxobox seems careful to avoid listing a class, which ITIS as one example describes as Reptilia, and the article doesn't describe crocodiles as reptiles, which as a layperson I expected in the lede. (Some examples in the Species section are called reptiles). I don't know what taxonomic disputes exist over their classification. Would it be proper to add a class to the taxobox, or call them reptiles, or are those ideas outdated? --Agyle (talk) 23:56, 30 December 2013 (UTC)

I agree totally. The word "tetrapods" in the first sentence could be replaced with "reptiles".__DrChrissy (talk) 23:43, 31 December 2013 (UTC)

Typo Found[edit]

I found a typo

In the Reproduction section, the third sentence from the bottoms reads: Hearing the calls, he female usually excavates the nest and sometimes takes the unhatched eggs in her mouth, slowly rolling the eggs to help the process.

It should say: Hearing the calls, the female usually excavates the nest and sometimes takes the unhatched eggs in her mouth, slowly rolling the eggs to help the process.

Jamastiene (talk) 02:54, 2 April 2014 (UTC)Jamastiene

Fixed. Thanks. M. Caecilius (talk) 02:57, 2 April 2014 (UTC)

Semi-protected edit request on 25 April 2014[edit]

Please remove the phrase "n***** pimp," which appears three times, from the scientific classification section of this page. I believe this request is self-explanatory. Thanks. Nujv (talk) 01:53, 25 April 2014 (UTC)

From what i can tell, that phrase does not appear once in this article. could you be more specific about where you see it? Cannolis (talk) 02:38, 25 April 2014 (UTC)

gavial is missing[edit] — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 03:29, 9 May 2014 (UTC)

No, the gavial/gharial/ghariyal is covered here, as well as having its own article. Chiswick Chap (talk) 07:00, 9 May 2014 (UTC)

Semi-protected edit request on 17 June 2014[edit]

Could someone please change the photo of Crocodylus suchus in the species section (2nd last entry in the box)? We now have several photos of living on commons. Don't care what photo is taken, as long as it is one showing a living specimen instead of the photo of an ancient mummified head. Additionally, please change the English name to West African crocodile, which would follow both the Reptile Database and its own wiki article. Desert crocodile is its secondary name, which strictly speaking only covers a small part of the species (the famous desert living populations; most West African crocs don't live in deserts). (talk) 16:54, 17 June 2014 (UTC)

Done. Thanks for the suggestions. Chiswick Chap (talk) 17:03, 17 June 2014 (UTC)
Thanks. Please do remember the "File:" prefix at the photo. Without this prefix the photo doesn't show. (talk) 17:09, 17 June 2014 (UTC)
Roger. Chiswick Chap (talk) 18:23, 17 June 2014 (UTC)

Semi-protected edit request on 28 May 2015 - fun fact[edit]

According to the Guinness Book of Records in 2011, the largest crocodile that has ever been caught alive is called Cassius at 5.48 m (17 ft 11.75 in) long. He is an Australian saltwater crocodile (Crocodylus porosus) and is the largest crocodile currently in captivity. Cassius lives at the Australian wildlife zoo Marineland Melanesia, on Green Island, and is thought to be over 100 years old. He was brought 3,200 km (1.988 miles) by truck all the way from Australia’s Northern Territory to Green Island in 1987.[1]


LowHangingFruits (talk) 20:20, 28 May 2015 (UTC)

Red information icon with gradient background.svg Not done: Longest Crocodiles listed on page are longer than this. (Came from 2012) -- Orduin Discuss 23:50, 2 June 2015 (UTC)

Semi-protected edit request on 6 June 2015[edit]

Hi! The picture used for Crocodylus/Mecistops cataphractus (the Slender-snouted crocodile) in the species section of this page definitely looks like it's actually of Tomistoma schlegelii. This has been mentioned on both the talk pages for Tomistoma schlegelii: and for Mecistops cataphractus: In this case, could someone please change the picture to one that is of the Slender-snouted crocodile?

The problem seems to be caused by the picture being misnamed File:Crocodylus cataphractus.jpg On this page: which shows where the image is used, it can be seen it's being used for both Tomistoma schlegelii (e.g. here: and Crocodylus/Mecistops cataphractus on many pages in other languages. I'm not sure what the best way to fix this would be? (talk) 15:32, 6 June 2015 (UTC)

In spite of the similarities, I think it is M. cataphractus, based on the pattern of osteoderms. In particularly, see Figure 9 of this paper: The animal in the photo lacks lateral nuchal scutes, so it's definitely not Crocodylus, but it doesn't seem to have that double-row of 10 scutes in Tomistoma, though admittedly it's a bit hard to see. HCA (talk) 21:30, 6 June 2015 (UTC)
Thanks for the informative reply! After looking at Figure 9 in the paper and comparing it with the animal in the photo and other photos of Tomistoma and Mecistops, I agree with you. I'll change the picture on the Tomistoma wikispecies page, referring to this discussion. On various Wikipedia/Wikimedia pages I can see other people also thought the photo was of Tomistoma! (talk) 21:41, 7 June 2015 (UTC)

Semi-protected edit request on 22 September 2015[edit]

Hello! In the See Also section, there is currently the following: Sebek - one of the Great Old Ones in the Cthulhu Mythos Where 'Sebek' is NOT a intra-wiki-link, but 'Great Old Ones' and 'Cthulhu Mythos' are. As it happens, Sebek is an actual Egyptian deity (croc-headed, obviously), from which (apparently) the Cthulu Mythos character is based. He has an existing wiki page as well Sobek

It seems to be an odd choice to include the Cthulu reference, but not the actual, historical, real world mythology that inspired said Cthulu reference.

In addition, the 1st provided link goes straight to the Cthulhu_Mythos_deities page, which has a long and storied history of quality problems, the most egregious probably being that it still uses a confusing and idiosyncratic reference code system, the key to which was deleted from wiki about half a decade ago.

Given that I'm pretty sure you all have this article semi-protected to ensure high quality since it is a 'representative' article used in educational materials and stuff, I would suggest you maybe drop the Cthulu Mythos reference and replace it with a reference to the Egyptian god.

Yes check.svg Done -- Sam Sailor Talk! 10:05, 22 September 2015 (UTC)

Semi-protected edit request on 19 May 2016[edit]

There is a section that says "a rivers". It should be "a river", using singular of "river" instead of plural. (talk) 22:47, 19 May 2016 (UTC)

Yes check.svg Done — Andy W. (talk ·ctb) 23:31, 19 May 2016 (UTC)


Looking at this this article seems to have been written in British English. If there has been no consensus to change it, per WP:RETAIN it should have been left in that dialect. --John (talk) 19:09, 15 June 2016 (UTC)

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Semi-protected edit request on 17 February 2017 : broken Link[edit]

The link of 74. Britton, Adam. Estuarine Crocodile: Crocodylus porosus. Crocodilians: Natural History Conservation: Crocodiles, Caimans, Alligators, Gharials. ( is DEAD. I have found a replacement here:

Might want to fix it, thanks. ReptilianZone (talk) 07:34, 17 February 2017 (UTC)

Not done: Your username suggests that you have created the site and, therefore, you may have a conflict of interest. Luis150902 (talk | contribs) 10:09, 18 February 2017 (UTC)

Semi-protected edit request on 2 March 2017[edit]

No.74 "Estuarine Crocodile: Crocodylus porosus. Crocodilians: Natural History Conservation: Crocodiles, Caimans, Alligators, Gharials." BROKEN LINK

Found another source of info from here: (talk) 15:53, 2 March 2017 (UTC)

The dead Reference has been replaced - Happysailor (Talk) 18:25, 2 March 2017 (UTC)