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Crocodilian?!? What in the world is a crocodilian? It’s a large predatory semiaquatic reptile and includes crocodiles, alligators, caimans, and gharial. Crocodilians are distinguished by long jaws, short legs, and a powerful tail. Grab our free Crocodilian Lapbook and learn more about these wild creatures.

Crocodilian Lapbook Lessons

Here are some sample lessons from the Crocodilians Lapbook:

Alligator or Crocodile?
What is the difference between crocodiles and alligators?

  • When a crocodile’s mouth is closed some of its teeth slide into a c-shaped groove on either side of the top jaw. The teeth can be seen when the mouth is closed. When an alligator’s (and caiman) mouth is fully closed, you cannot see their teeth.
  • An alligator has a wide, rounded snout. A crocodile has a more pointed snout.
  • Alligators are freshwater reptiles. Crocodiles live in both salt and fresh water.

What do alligators and crocodiles have in common?

  • They have long, bumpy bodies covered in scales called scutes.
  • They have four short legs, sharp teeth, and a long, strong tail.
  • They are both reptiles.
  • They live in lakes, swamps, and rivers.

Crocodilian Diets
Crocodilians are carnivores. Young crocodilians eat insects, crayfish, crabs, frogs, and small fish. As they grow, they add small mammals, lizards, snakes, turtles, and birds. Large crocodilians will eat wildebeest, zebras, monkeys, deer, and people.

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Crocodilian Lapbook Printables

In addition to the research lessons, the file includes these mini-books for your student to create a Crocodilians Lapbook:

  • Crocodilian Diets Petal Book
  • Types of Crocodilians Shutterfold Book
  • Crocodilian Behavior Accordion
  • Boy or Girl? Egg Book
  • Crocodilian Fun Facts Bound Book
  • Crocodilian Reproduction Mini-book
  • Alligator Life Cycle Wheel Puzzle (two versions: color and black/white)
Alligator Life Cycle Wheel (pasted to the back cover of the lapbook)
  • Crocodilian Enemies Matchbook
  • Blank Matchbook
  • Book Log Fan
  • Finding Crocodiles Map
  • Crocodile vs. Alligator Shutterfold Book
  • Crocodilian Habitats Layer Book
  • My Crocodilian Story Pocket
  • “How Doth the Little Crocodile” Copywork Page & Pocket
  • Reptiles Clipboard

How to Get Started with Your Crocodiles & Alligators Lapbook

Follow these simple instructions to get started with the Crocodilians Lapbook.

  1. If you want, go to your local library and check out books about crocodiles, alligators, caimans, and gharial. You can read these books throughout your crocodilians study.
  2. Print the Crocodilians Lapbook.
  3. Choose and prepare the mini-books you want to use with your student.
  4. Enjoy a week of reading and learning all about crocodilians!

Crocodilians Lapbook Sample

This lapbook was made with one file folder and a piece of yellow cardstock taped to the middle section.

File Folder Opened
Center Extension Lifted

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