Crocodiles were not exhibited in the venationes until the aedileship
of Marcus Aemilius Scaurus in 58 BC, so the only opportunity consumers would have had to familiarise themselves with the creatures would have been through works of Egyptianising art produced by Egyptian craftsmen such as the Praeneste Nile Mosaic or, as is perhaps less likely, viewing them in their natural habitat during a trip to Egypt.
Vespasian failed to secure the aedileship
at his first attempt, which is most plausibly dated in AD 36, but succeeded the following year and was aedile in AD 38.
6) Of course, that tradition may have been established by Sulla himself to romanticise his younger days, but it is certainly possible that Sulla avoided canvassing for the aedileship
in about 98 because he did not have much money to throw around.