The American Museum of Natural History is full of scary things—the squid and the whale, for instance, and the giant mosquito, and wherever Newt and Callista Gingrich copulated during their special Valentine's Day sleepover. When I was a kid, I was most frightened by the Hall of Reptiles and Amphibians, where Komodo dragons, giant snakes, and plaster crocodiles threatened to snap at you at every corner. Now, AMNH has live crocodiles, and the ghost of my six-year-old self is screaming somewhere by the third floor elevators.
The crocodiles are part of the AMNH's new exhibition, "Crocs: Ancient Predators in a Modern World," which opens this Saturday. Four different species of crocodilians (which include crocs, alligators, caimans, and gharials) are on display, including the very-endangered Siamese crocodile, the adorable African dwarf crocodile, and the American alligator.
For those who prefer their crocodilians defanged, there are also a number of life-sized dioramas depicting various crocodilians from all over the world, along with interactive games; a how-to on speaking "croc,"; a model of Papua New Guinean crocodile Gomek, the largest crocodile ever exhibited in the Western Hemisphere; and plenty of croc-related trivia that'll come in handy in case the sewer gator legend is real.
"Crocs: Ancient Predators in a Modern World" will be on display until January 2nd.