Slender-Snouted Crocodile

Slender-Snouted Crocodile

The stomachs of slender-snouted crocodiles often contain gastroliths of various sizes that serve to grind and break down food in the digestive tract.

The stomachs of slender-snouted crocodiles and other crocodilian species often contain gastroliths (rocks held in the digestive tract) of various sizes. Although the purpose of these stones has yet to be confirmed, it appears likely that they serve to grind and break down food in the digestive tract, as is the case in other groups, such as herbivorous birds, seals, and sea lions, where they have been found.


Image | ©️ Analise Zocher, Some Rights Reserved (CC BY 2.0)
Sources | (Grigg & Gans, 1993; Lavinder & Pennington 2012; Pauwels, et al., 2003; Platt, et al., 2002)

 

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