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A crocodile sun-bathing on the banks of the Chobe river.
It is a common misconception that crocodiles open their mouths in a ‘smile’ like this as a show of aggression: however, this is actually the way they regulate their body temperature to keep cool. And yes, this one certainly does look like it’s smiling for the camera!
Crocodile (Crocodylus niloticus)
Chobe National Park, Botswana. 2009
Canon EOS 400D
f/5.6, 1/125s, ISO 100, 140mm
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