By visiting Crocodile Park Torremolinos, you will be in front of prehistorical colossuses of which have miraculously subsisted 200 million years of development.
Jumping into a pit holding five crocodiles is not really something many people would definitely reckon as an ingredient of their job description even if three of ‘em were just below 4 metres long. Catching the largest by tail looks plain dangerous, if not self destructive, specially with his four acquaintances looking on. And twisting its tail is normally asking for trouble. Or is it? The guide at the Crocodile Park at Torremolinos can be a walking encyclopaedia about crocs and gators. Seemingly a crocodile probably would sooner take to the water than be badgered on land. It was acknowledged that the guide did not go paddling.
The Crocodile Park at Torremolinos has about 300 crocodiles that features one weighing 600 kg and just about 5 metres in length, the largest in Europe, poignantly named Paco. Most of the 22 strong crocodilian family are exemplified together with 2 species might be alligators (one of which happens to be the caiman group with 5 species) and 1 curious looking gharial. The gharial is found in India and can easy be differentiated through lifted bulb shaped nostril on the end of its long, narrow jaw, not that you would ever desire to get that close. At the park the many species reside stand alone compounds, each with its own pond and islands on that the crocs spend lots of their time savoring in the sunshine. The warmer they have been, the livelier they become, right until it all gets too much and they take to the water to cool down. You will see many on land along with their jaws wide apart exposing their frightening teeth. Like dogs they have no perspiration glands so can cooling off a bit by panting. Citing jaws, the muscles that open the jaws are really weak and, even in a full adult male crocodile, if you grab him soon enough it is simple to clamp his jaws together, just like Crocodile Dundee. The muscles that close the jaws however are very strong in a bite force of 5,000 lbs per square inch, compared to a Rottweiler with all of 335 psi, so it is best not to be between them.
Crocodiles are the most booming survivors of the dinosaur age, 1st coming along in the fossil record about 200 million years ago. In point of fact they’ve been more closely related dinosaurs and birds than to reptilians. When for whichever reason, other dinosaurs became extinct about 65 million years ago, the already established crocodile family quietly took to the waters and swamplands and outlasted. They have altered very little since then. Nobody knows why they held up when a lot of reptiles died out. Possibly it was their ability of not having food for 24 months or their longevity, crocodiles can live for 130 years. Whatever the case today we are lucky making it possible to see these instances from the age of dinosaurs.
Crocodiles are very successful predatory animals. They can move at 17 kilometres per hour for short explosions on land and near as fast in water. They have well-developed senses too, they can discover the odour of dead meat from a good way and have good sightedness especially the power to make out prey on land whilst being submersed. Their scales have microscopic holes that are sensorial, a little like a lateral line on a fish and a few beneath the jaw are considered to eliminate oil that purges mud off the scales. They are also thought to be the most clever of the reptilians, speedily learning to avoid hunters traps for example and, unlike early reptiles, they have a cerebral mantle that is genuinely sinister. The pallium plays a role in memory, attention, perceptual consciousness, thought and awareness. Crocodiles have likewise four chambered hearts and a diaphragm. That is to say crocodiles evolved certain attributes without which we humans would not exist. It causes you to consider doesnt it?.
Coming after the enlightening tour, the guide is multi lingual, the group gets together at the central rotunda where everybody is gifted the chance to nestle a crocodile. In the sakes of safety these are baby crocodiles only a couple of feet long along with their mouthpieces taped closed, likely a good thing since crocodiles are wholly self sufficient once they go away their egg. Despite that crocodiles are good parents. If confronted by risk the little one crocodiles all climb into their mothers mouth. Nobody will contend with her seeing that, except for man, the crocodile has no predator.
The Crocodile Park is open from 10am each day. As well as crocodiles there is a small animal farm, a childrens playground, a cafeteria (crocodile steaks are not on the menu) and a shop. A crocodile museum includes some fairly horrific pictures of the aftermath of a crocodile attack and as much information as you are likely to want about the family Crocodylidae.
The park offers exciting guided tours with live demonstrations and feeding. It has a small animals farm where you can hold a live crocodile. Yo.