Nile crocodile

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Nile crocodile
Conservation status
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Class: Reptilia
Order: Crocodilia
Family: Crocodylidae
Genus: Crocodylus
Binomial name
Crocodylus niloticus

The Nile crocodile (Crocodylus niloticus) is the largest of the four crocodile species found in Africa. They have a long tail and powerful jaws. Their back feet are webbed for swimming. They grow up to 6.45 m (21.2 ft) in length and can weigh up to 1,090 kg (2,400 lb).[1] The males are usually bigger than the females.

Nile crocodiles are also found in Madagascar. They were also found in Jordan and Israel before.[2] They live in different habitats including lakes, rivers, and estuaries.

The Nile crocodile eats bigger animals as it gets bigger. Young crocodiles will eat insects and small fish, while adult crocodiles can catch and eat zebras, antelopes, wildebeests and buffalo.[2]

The crocodiles mate in the water, and then the female lays her eggs in a hole dug in the ground. They can lay 60 eggs which take about 90 days to hatch.[2] The female guards the nest during this time. Young crocodiles are able to reproduce when they get to about 12 years old.[2]

References[change | change source]

  1. Wood, The Guinness Book of Animal Facts and Feats. Sterling Pub Co Inc (1983), ISBN 978-0-85112-235-9
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 "Nile crocodile - Crocodylus niloticus". 2012. Retrieved 19 November 2012.