This terrifying reptile was among the first creatures on earth. It managed to survive the last mass extinction 65 million years ago, and is not changing through centuries at all – it seems crocodiles are beyond the power of evolution…

Here we present 20 cool facts about these startling but fascinating reptiles.

1. Some tribes of New Guinea venerate crocodiles and make scars on their skin to resemble them somehow.

One of this tribes is Kaningara – its adults cover their full bodies with scarring to confirm they have become real men.

Crocodile tatooing