How to Draw a Crocodile

In this quick tutorial you'll learn how to draw a Crocodile in 8 easy steps - great for kids and novice artists.

The images above represent how your finished drawing is going to look and the steps involved.

Below are the individual steps - you can click on each one for a High Resolution printable PDF version.

At the bottom you can read some interesting facts about the Crocodile.

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How to Draw a Crocodile - Step-by-Step Tutorial

Step 1: Let's draw a crocodile! Trace a nice long line across your page for the back.

Step 2: Draw the head and make sure to keep the mouth open. If you tilt your head to the side, the crocodile's head and mouth look like the letter V. Make sure that you trace a little bump at the top for the head.

Step 3: To draw your eye, trace a medium-sized dot where you drew the head.

Step 4: Draw the front leg by tracing a short and thick letter L, but leave the top open. You can add some claws at the tip of your leg if you want.

Step 5: Next, draw a line across the bottom of the crocodile's body for its belly.

Step 6: Now, draw the hind leg by tracing that letter L again, and this time, you can close the top. Here's a tip: make this letter L longer and flatter than the first leg. You can have claws here too!

Step 7: You are almost done! Trace a very long, tube-like tail, starting at the hind leg and making its way to the top of the back.

Step 8: Finally, add some scales by tracing small triangles all along the crocodile's tail. You just drew a crocodile!

Interesting Facts about Crocodiles

Crocodiles are reptiles, which are cold-blooded animals that lay eggs and have scaly skin or shells. Crocodiles have scales. Although they are reptiles and look much like alligators, crocodiles are most closely related to birds. Crocodiles live in freshwater habitats, but some live in saltwater.

Did you know?

  • Crocodiles have been around for about 240 million years.
  • The bite of a crocodile is stronger than any other animal bite in the world.
  • Crocodiles grow to be about 16 to 18 feet long. The largest crocodile is the saltwater crocodile. The dwarf crocodile is the smallest species.
  • There are 23 species of crocodiles. The Nile crocodile is the most aggressive species. It dines on buffalo, antelopes, and other animals larger than itself.
  • Crocodiles can grow their teeth back if they fall out.
  • Crocodiles use their tails to swim, and they can swim at a speed of 25 miles per hour.

Crocodiles are hunted for their skin, which people use to make handbags, shoes, and other accessories. Some species of crocodiles are endangered. Laws in some countries have been put in place to prevent people from hunting crocodiles so that they can continue to be around for the next 240 million years!

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