Fascination and fear are the two utmost emotions when the reptilian species referred to as Crocs are seen, discussed or confronted in the wild. Spread around the world, mainly in the more tropical climates these Crocodilian species have been around since before the ice age, going back at least 80 million years, where their ancestors were vastly different to the species we see today.
It is considered they have, in one biological form or another, been on this earth for at least 200 million years. They like any other species that has survived for such a long period of time have changed to suite the environmental conditions prevalent throughout the ages.
Colin Stevenson has a lifelong fascination, respect and passion for these generally rather misunderstood creatures, their complex social, physiological and biological makeup, which sets them apart for any other species of reptile. They also have a compound within their blood which can combat diseases for which we, as a human race, have no known cure.
Born bad tempered, this is a trait which does not improve with age, although by nature they are often shy and reclusive, protective of their environment and a stealth missile when in search of a good meal, as many have discovered to their cost, with loss of human life and livestock.
They come in many shapes and sizes, from the pygmy to the massive crocodile found in Australia and live in swamps, marshes, salt and fresh water, with various different species having slightly different characteristics or features, although their anatomy and physiology remains the same.
The ancient Egyptian revered the Nile Crocodile creating a godlike form of Crocodile head and human known as Sobek, or Sebek. Sobek was also associated with pharaonic power, fertility, and military prowess, but served additionally as a protective deity with a particular magic invoked for protection against the dangers presented by the Nile.
Unfortunately, over the past 200 years they not been revered, but have been hunted for their skins to be used in manufacture of bags, shoes and other assorted leather products for the fashion markets of the day, which in many cases, along with habitat destruction, has seen a number of species gone completely, boarding on the verge of extinction or dwindling in numbers.
Crocodiles of the World is the presentation of a lifetime of fascination and study of these deeply intriguing creatures, along with a heartfelt plea to stop destroying their habitats right across the world, to begin to treat them as the ancient and wonderous creatures they are, which have evolved over time and are still doing so, and while doing this are teaching the scientists of the world so much about the times 200 million years ago.
Like the species the book is fascinating, filled with a comprehensive coverage of the 30 species still to be found, their habitats, characteristics and downright ‘good looks’.
Crocodiles of the World is the perfect book if you are at all interested or fascinated with this ancient species.
|Publisher||New Holland Publishers|
|Distributor||New Holland Publishers|