How Crocodile got his ugly skin
In the early world, Crocodile had a beautiful smooth golden skin.
It stayed that way because Crocodile would spend all day in the muddy waters and only come out at night.
During the day the other animals would come by wanting to see its beautiful golden skin.
Crocodile became very proud of his skin and started coming out of the water to bask in the other animals' admiration, even while the sun was shining brightly.
Soon he began thinking he was better than the other animals and started bossing them around. Soon, fewer and fewer animals started showing up to look at his skin.
Every day that Crocodile exposed his skin to the hot African sun, it would get uglier, bumpier and thicker. Baking under the hot sun, Crocodile's skin transformed into what looked like rough scaly armour.
Losing his beautiful golden skin, Crocodile never recovered from this humiliating shame.
Even today he will disappear from view when others approach.
Leaving only his eyes and nostrils above the surface of the water.
Too much pride is an ugly thing.
Ride safe without pride, my friends
p.s. Thanks to the folks at Raptor Retreat for this fable.