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"Let us strive to make each moment beautiful."
Saint Francis DeSales
painting by Katie Bergenholtz

Crocodilians & Elephants at the Waterhole

We looked at Crocodilians, comparing and contrasting the alligator and the crocodile. They both are reptiles with scaly skin in the same Order. The scales on the crocodile, however, have a dot in the middle of each scale. We discovered that the easiest way to tell the difference between them is to look at their snouts. When they are closed, if you can still see teeth poking out then they are crocodiles; no teeth showing means that they are alligators. Alligators have U-shaped snouts and crocodile's snouts are more V-shaped. Alligators usually live in fresh water and crocodiles usually live in salt water. The boys colored pictures of alligators and added them to their zoo, which already had a crocodile.
Next we looked at the elephant's ears. These large features of the elephant are used for swatting insects and for fanning the air on hot days. They are also used for defense, making the elephant look larger and more fierce. The boys made elephant ears and enjoyed pretending to drink at the waterhole.
Then the Crocodilian came up out of the water....
the boys made themselves look sufficiently fierce!

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