1921-22 – CROCODILES: Basic Models and More
Crocodile’s are an amazing beast, designed to survive, which they have in one form or another since the time of the dinosaurs. Unlike other reptiles with a three chambered heart (two atria and one ventricle), their ventricle has been divided which means that the oxygenated blood back from the lungs doesn’t mix with un-oxygenated blood. This means a croc has plenty of oxygen to allow for some fast movement in the water and on land. Yes, crocs can run and run fast. They don’t sprawl when they run either, as to lizards. They can bring those legs up underneath of them for a good sprint.
But as one African saying goes: A crocodile’s strength is in the water. That’s where they are dominant. Their dark green to brown coloring and their ability to lie low in the water makes them nearly invisible. Having nostrils that sit high and a translucent membrane to cover the eyes allows them to ride low in the water. Once a crocodile has passed the critical edible stage as a juvenile, it’s nearly unconquerable. Even shooting one with a rifle is difficult as the brain pan is well protected by a thick skull as well as heavy scales.
Jade del Cameron’s crocodile in: The Crocodile’s Last Embrace (Sept 7, 2010), has all this and more. Its coloration is different. The term is “piebald” and it results from a trait called leucism, where all pigments are reduced, but in the piebald’s case, it’s blotchy as not all cells are affected. It gives this beast a particularly menacing look.
Another saying is: Do not insult the crocodile until you have crossed the river. Jade would contend that even then, it’s not a good idea.
Next week: THE GIRL GUIDES OF NAIROBI
By the way, The Crocodile’s Last Embrace just received a starred review by Publishers’ Weekly who called it “rip-roaring.” Romantic Times gave it 4 Stars and called it “Enormously fun.”
MORE MYSTERY TOPICS:
1) Does mystery have to equal murder? I weigh in with the Suspense Sirens on their blog posting at : http://bit.ly/cpprpx
2) Interested in some insight into what makes me and Jade tick? Go to SCENE OF THE CRIME http://bit.ly/ao2gjg for an interesting interview at a great website by author J. Sydney Jones.
NOTE: These blogs are meant to give some insight into the life and times of my fictional character, Jade del Cameron. Jade’s mystery adventures take place in post WWI Africa. To date they are: Mark of the Lion, Stalking Ivory, and The Serpent’s Daughter, and The Leopard’s Prey, all available in trade paperback. TREASURE OF THE GOLDEN CHEETAH is available in hardcover. THE CROCODILE’S LAST EMBRACE will be released Sept. 7, 2010. An excerpt and information on ordering signed copies is available at the website: www.suzannearruda.com. Follow short updates on http://twitter.com/SuzanneArruda