Well, yeah, as far as Nat Geo’s sources are all urban legend. As there are records of crocodiles eating humans throughout the history of, um, history, I’m pretty sure Gustave has partaken in more than his fair share of fleshmeats, especially given the overfishing of his river in Burundi.
I mean, really, National Geographic could be 100% urban legend and no fact, but from what I’ve independently investigated and corroborated with sources I believe to be credible, I’m pretty sure it isn’t.
For all I know, unicorns and pixies and leprechauns and hydras exist. Sometimes what’s called a “fact” is repeated and supposedly true speculation. Maybe other crocodiles have eaten humans in Gustave’s range (several have been hunted after children have gone missing and found to have human remains in their stomach). Maybe Gustave is multiple crocs. Reality is hard to suss out sometimes. But I’m pretty sure he’s real, and he’s just one individual, one human-flesh-loving individual.
….aaaand clearly I need to start copying my replies before submitting them, because presumably tumblr is waging war against missing e. :|
ANYWAY - wish I had some or could find some, but there aren’t many out there. You can find the jaws and skulls at Scientific Illustration. An interesting point about the 3-chambered/4-chambered heart of the crocodile can be found here, if you didn’t already know that fact.
Most of the crocodilian is bone and cartilage. The only part that has major muscle development is the tail, but boy does it ever. Still, I can’t find any illustrations of the tail muscles, so if anyone out there has some, feel free to point me in their direction.
Well…it would keep any amorous encounters to a minimum…
But! The acid in crocodile dung is strong enough to be an effective spermicide, even without the fact that, well, there’s crocodile crap in your vagina. The sour milk made the dung more easily pliable and contributed to the acidity; water would have diluted it, and using fresh milk would have been a waste of food.