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The Winter Crocodile Exposed
> Crocodiles have arisen about 200 million years ago and outlasted the dinosaurs by 65 million years. Various species of Crocodiles are found in North-, Central-, and South America, in China, New Guinea, Australia, Africa, Madagascar, and Pakistan. The Crocodile inhabits rivers, lakes, swamps and pools of forested areas, and even coastal marine waters. However, the winter crocodile was only discovered by gold prospectors during the Klondike Gold Rush of the late 19th/ early 20th century. First spotted near Dawson City, Yukon Canada, the winter crocodile is believed to have migrated via the Mackenzie River to Hudson Bay and eventually finding its way to the St Lawrence River. and the Eastern Townships of the Province of Quebec. Known to reach up to 2.5 meters in length and weigh up to 300kg, the massive Winter Crocodile, known as Crocodile d'hiver in Quebec, is known to survive temperatures reaching -45C and does its most voracious hunting in the early spring to capture rodents and small animals, but can easily ingurgitate foxes and coyotes. Its two rows of teeth allow it to rip its prey in half with one snap of its jaw. Though mostly avoiding human presence, the Winter Crocodile is most dangerous in late March as it seeks food after a winter of hibernation, and 5 attacks on humans have been reported over the last 20 years. According to the latest census by the World Wildlife Federation, the largest concentration of Crocodile d’hiver has been located in the Brome region of Quebec, approximately 120km east of Montreal. Winter thawing, causing rivers to rise, forces the Winter Crocodile to migrate from its den and move to higher grounds, often approaching highways and campgrounds. Known as fast runners, the Winter Crocodile (latin: rapidus Surinus) should be avoided at all cost.