They have a good sense of smell
and excellent night vision.
Is the second
reptile in the
world, after the
The Crocodylus niloticus
is a supremely adapted
Adult grey-olive colour, yellowish belly.
Juvenile greenish or dark olive-brown and black cross-banding on the
tail and body with a more intense color than adults.
rivers, brackish waters.
and Western Madagascar.
Believe it or not nile crocodiles are very social species.
There is a strict hierarchy, that
is determined by size:
Large and old males are at the top of this hierarchy.
The diet of the Nile crocodile
is mainly ﬁsh
but will eat almost anything that interferes
their way: zebras, wildebeests, impalas, birds,
gazelles, warthogs and others.
Many crocs swallow
stones as digestive aids.
Ten pounds of rocks can
be in a croc’s stomach!
The female croc is ready
to lay her eggs nearly two
months after mating.
She deposits from 25 to
80 eggs in the nest.
Approximately 3 months
The male is usually close by to help
scare off predators.
45 years in the wild, 80 years in captivity.
The Nile crocodile is one of the most dangerous species of crocodile
and is responsible for hundreds of deaths of humans every year.
In some regions, pollution, hunting, and habitat loss have
severely depleted their numbers.
An estimated 250,000 to 500,000
individuals occur in the wild.