Crocodiles are one of the most terrifying and cold-blooded “killers” in the natural world, but in terms of science, they are creatures with the ability to immortalize that humans can learn.
The secret behind the fear of immortality
If people are looking for a method of immortality, take the crocodile as a guide. From a biological perspective, crocodiles are considered to be the only animals capable of defeating aging and death.
In addition to the causes due to disease or humans, death is the endpoint of aging when the functions in the human body gradually decrease as the age increases, such as the weakening of the muscles, which causes the body’s ability to function properly. may decrease and the senses lose important characteristics. While humans and most animals age over the years, there is one exception: the “Crocodile”.
Aging does not seem to be present in this reptile when a 70-year-old crocodile will be no different from a 7-year-old crocodile in terms of agility, strength and a number of other biological indicators.
Scientists at Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut, USA delved into the alligator genome and discovered a secret:
“The crocodile genome is very special as they allow symbiotic bacteria to join the body’s immune system and slow down the aging process of this reptile. Even if an individual has enough food to survive, it can live up to 2000 years.”
Time makes us old and weak but with crocodiles, time does not make them old but also helps them grow more than before but to grow like this, they need a lot of food.
This is why reptiles can still die although in theory, they can still achieve immortality like turtles with very slow aging and good hunger but if there is not enough food, Crocodiles can still starve to death next to cases of illness or being killed by humans.
Interesting facts about crocodiles
Possessing a body similar to that of reptiles that lived in prehistoric times, crocodiles have hidden powers since ancient times, making it king over swamps and rivers throughout the tropics.
Crocodiles thrive in swamps and tropical rivers in Africa, Asia, the Americas and Oceania. In fact, there are 14 different species of crocodiles of all sizes and characteristics that currently exist on earth, from small dwarf crocodiles to large saltwater crocodiles.
Due to living in the water, the crocodile’s limbs and tail perfectly support the swimming ability of this reptile. Its extremely strong tail allows it to swim at a speed of 32 km / h while the strength of its limbs is shown even when the crocodile is on the ground. When leaving the aquatic environment, crocodiles can move at a maximum speed of 18 km / h for a short distance.
Because they are reptiles, crocodiles reproduce by laying eggs. Therefore, crocodile eggs need to be buried in a dry place to ensure the temperature for baby crocodiles to grow. Because of that, crocodiles are forced to leave the water to go ashore to dig a burrow to lay eggs. In particular, these caves must not be located near the water’s edge to ensure the safety of the baby crocodiles.
In addition, crocodiles also possess an extremely sensitive sense of smell and taste. The nose is located in front of the jaw and is raised above the water, allowing the crocodile to sniff for prey, while the perfect sense of smell helps the animal hear clearly even underwater. Even the cries of the young crocodiles can be heard clearly so that the mother crocodile can come ashore to help her children come to life.
In fact, crocodile metabolism is very slow, allowing them to survive for months without food. This helps the crocodiles survive when the weather in tropical regions turns dry during the summer months. Despite possessing outstanding survival ability, it is the expansion of humans into the natural environment of crocodiles that makes this animal gradually isolated.