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Carnivorous crocodiles crawl into the spotlight on Friday.

Saltwater Crocodile

Posted May 16, 2013. Photo by ABQ BioPark.

Saltwater crocodiles (Crocodylus porosus) have been snapping at prey for 220 million years. From India to Australia, these super predators lurk beneath the water waiting for water buffalo, monkeys, wild boar or even sharks. As a keystone species, crocodiles prevent other species from becoming overpopulated.

These living fossils have been around since dinosaurs, survived ice ages and seen the evolution of mammals and birds.

On Friday, May 17, wrap up Carnivore Conservation Week with crocodiles. Enjoy discovery stations and a special Brown Bag Seminar with senior herpetology keeper Matt Eschenbrenner. He’ll discuss global conservation efforts, and then lead the group to watch these giant reptiles in action at the crocodile feeding at 3:45 p.m.

What would you feed a crocodile? Join the conversation on Facebook.

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