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Tropical and southern Africa and Madagascar
Rivers, freshwater marshes, and mangrove swamps
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.
Avg. 500 lbs.
Avg. 12 - 16 ft.
25 - 80 eggs
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
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