Scaly Crocodiles to Scale
November 10, 2007

©Joan Ann Lansberry, 2007
The Illustration Friday theme this week is SCALE. There's a variety of ways that can be illustrated, for 'scale' refers to many different things, depending on context.

I furthermore noted with amusement the Neo Alexandrian "God of the Month" happens to be Sobek. Sobek's a fierce one, with some connections to my favorite, Set. Sobek is the Egyptian Crocodile God

Crocodiles have Scales, thus a connection was born.

Okay, the original drawing on 11x14 inch bristol board is to scale. If you are able to print this out on fourteen inch wide paper, your print out will match the "1 inch = 1 foot" scale.

(I got the following info from Wikipedia)

The Dwarf Crocodile isn't that fierce of a fellow. He usually attains "a medium adult length of 1.5 meters (5 feet), though the maximum recorded length for this species is 1.9 meters (6.3 feet). Adults are a uniform black on their backs and sides with a yellowish underside with black patches. Juveniles have a lighter brown banding on body and tails and yellow patterns on the head.

As a result of its small size and heightened vulnerability to predation, this species of crocodile has a heavily armoured neck, back and tail and also has osteoderms on its belly and underside of neck."

Perhaps that 'heightened vulnerability' encourages him to be a "slow, timid, mainly nocturnal reptile."

In contrast, the Nile crocodile is "the second largest species of crocodile." and can be found throughout most of Africa south of the Sahara, and on the island of Madagascar".

"The Nile crocodile is the largest African crocodilian and the second largest crocodilian after the Saltwater crocodile, reaching lengths of up to 5 m (16 ft), or rarely up to 6.1 m (20 ft).[1] Good sized males weigh 500 kg (1100 lb), and truly exceptional specimens may exceed 900 kg (2,000 lb)."

With that great size and jaw force, he has no need to be timid, for he "can, and sometimes will, easily snatch and devour a human."

As "King of the Nile", he was indeed associated with the pharoah. As explains, "The crocodile's power to snatch and destroy its prey was thought to be symbolic of the might of the pharaoh - the strength and energy of the reptile was a manifestation of the pharaoh's own power. The word 'sovereign' was written as crocodile determinativecrocodile determinativehawk determinative yt. This way, the crocodile - and thus Sobek - was linked to the pharaoh, the sovereign of Egypt."

Hail, Sobek!


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