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All crocodilians are carnivorous. They feed on fish and turtles and on land animals that come to the water to feed or drink. Croco-dilians capture their prey by lying in wait until an animal approaches and then attacking swiftly. A crocodilian can see and breathe while lying quietly submerged in water. A valve at the back of the throat prevents water from entering the air passage when a crocodilian feeds underwater.

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(a) The largest of all monitors is the Komodo dragon, Varanus komodoensis, of Indonesia. The Komodo dragon can grow to 3 m long (10 ft). (b) A colorful gecko of the genus Phelsuma has specialized structures on the pads of its fingers and toes that allow it to cling to almost any surface.

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