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40 Interesting Facts About Crocodiles

There are  23 living species  of crocodiles on earth. At least 7 of them are extremely dangerous for humans. ( Source ) The range of crocodiles is in the continents of Asia , Africa , Australia, and the Americas. Crocodiles twist their prey violently to tear it apart. This process is known as the  “death roll”  and it is seen in 24 of the 25 living species of crocodiles. ( Source ) Due to the lack of sex-determined chromosomes, the  temperature of the nest  determines the gender of eggs in alligators. Temperature above 34 Celsius in the nest produces all-male offspring. ( Source ) The largest crocodile is the Saltwater Crocodile (20 to 23 feet in length and 1,000 to 1,200 kg in weight) that is found from the eastern coast of India to Southeast Asia and Australia . The saltwater crocodile is the  largest living reptile  on earth. 9 of the 10 largest living reptiles on earth belong to the crocodile family. ( Source ) It is a myth that crocodiles allow small birds to clean their


United Arab Emirates (UAE) was founded on 2 nd December 1971 with the unification of 6 Arab Emirates (Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Sharjah, Fujairah, Ajman, and Umm al-Quwain). The 7 th emirate (Ras al-Khaimah) joined the union later in February 1972. The world’s oldest natural pearl was discovered on an island near Abu Dhabi in 2019. This pearl is around 8,000 years old. ( Source ) The world’s longest zipline is in the emirate of Ras-al-Khaimah, UAE. The length of “Jebel Jais Flight” is 1.76 miles. ( Source ) UAE has the highest percentage of expat population in the world.  Around 85% population of UAE consists of expats from various parts of the world, especially South Asia . People belonging to around  200 countries  are residing in UAE. ( Source ) The world’s longest handmade gold chain, with a length of 5 km, is in UAE. The ‘Dubai Celebration Chain’ weighs more than 240 kg and has 4 million links. ( Source )   Abu Dhabi is by far the largest emirate in UAE by area and its land ar


The current Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA) is the third Saudi state that was founded in September 1932. The first Saudi state (1744-1818) was established as a result of a pact between the House of Saud and religious scholar Muhammad ibn Abd al-Wahhab. This pact is still in place and the Al ash-Sheikh (descendants of the religious scholar) control religious affairs along with education and judiciary in Saudi Arabia. ( Source ) Al-Ahsa Oasis in the Al-Ahsa region of Saudi Arabia is the world’s largest self-contained oasis . There are more than 2.5 million palm trees in this oasis that is span over an area of 85 sq km (nearly 33 sq miles). More than 280 artesian springs from a huge underground aquifer give life to this oasis. ( Source ) Saudi Arabia fulfills 50% requirement of its drinking water from  seawater desalination  and it is the world’s largest producer of desalinated water.  ( Source ) Saudi Arabia is the world’s 12 th largest country by area. It is also the largest coun