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Into the Dragons Lair: Nile Crocodile

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Nile Crocodile documentary. The African Nile crocodile (Crocodylus niloticus) is the second largest reptile currently in existence (The largest is the salt water crocodile) and lives in sub-saharan Africa  with a concentration to the south and east of the continent. The typical habitat for this animal is aquatic places such as marshlands, lakes and rivers although it is capable of living in much drier places. This species of Crocodile is rarely found above the Nile Delta and the typical length of an adult is generally somewhere between 2.8 and 5 meters although a 6.1 meter long specimen has been found. The nile crocodile is a rapid predator in the water relying on pressure sensors and movement to find prey close enough to the waters edge. Since they are ambush predators they have an ectothermic metabolism, so can survive for long periods between meals.

 

To understand more about this opportunistic apex predator, one of the most aggressive in the world award winning underwater wildlife cinematographer Hoger Horrocks from Cape Town, South Africa gets up close to this truly remarkable creatures that have been around for 200 million years. 

 

  • Average life span in the wild:
  • 45 years (est.)
  • Size: 16 ft (5 m)
  • Weight: 500 lbs (225 kg)
  • Group name: Bask (on land) or float (in water)
  • Did you know? Mummified crocodiles and crocodile eggs have been discovered in Egyptian tombs.

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