This crocodile art is based on the old belief that crocodiles eat their young. So, do crocodiles eat their hatchlings, or are they in fact good mothers? Now a days your truths may well depend on your social media feed.
I can remember at one point watching a documentary, where someone was finally putting the crocodiles eating their hatchling’s falsehood to rest. A white man followed the mother crocodile with a mouthful of her babies, and discovered that she was taking them to a safer location in batches, and in fact not eating them. (I bet the indigenous guides had a good chuckle about that). Depending on the crocodile type, and the availability of resources, the mother crocodile may stay with her hatchlings for days or even months. She protects them and sometimes even feeds them.
Crocodiles were classified as reptiles, but more recent research has discovered that they are in fact more closely related to birds and dinosaurs. This newer group is called the archosaurs. Given this kinship to birds and dinosaurs, it is less surprising that crocodile mothers can in some cases be doting mothers.