Nile Crocodile

Nile Crocodile

Nile Crocodile
Crocodylus niloticus


CLASS
Reptilia
ORDER
Crocodylia
FAMILY
Crocodylidae

Range

Tropical and southern Africa and Madagascar


Habitat

Rivers, freshwater marshes, and mangrove swamps


Diet

As an adult, its diet consists mainly of fish, but will also go after huge prey such as young hippos, lions, giraffes, buffalo, and even humans.

Weight

Avg. 500 lbs.

Size

Avg. 12 - 16 ft.

Incubation

3 months

Clutch

25 - 80 eggs

IUCN Status

Least Concern

CITES

Appendix I

Facts

  • It mainly takes its victims when they are at the water's edge, but it will also launch itself onto land in pursuit of potential prey.
  • Crocodiles are "ectothermic", which means they regulate their body temperature by using the surrounding environment.
  • If baby crocodiles are in danger, the mother may pick them up and flip them into her mouth or throat pouch for protection.
  • If they get too hot, they might gape to release heat through their mouths, or slide back into the water.
  • The Nile crocodile is found in areas of Africa where encounters with humans happen daily, and attacks on humans, although rare, have earned it the reputation as a killer.
  • Averages around 500 pounds, but can weigh over 1,600 pounds

 

Conservation

Least Concern

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