Crocodile

(Latin = Crocodylus niloticus, Afrikaans = Nylkrokodil, Tswana = Kwena)

  • Numbers: Fairly high
  • Weight: ± 1000 kg (2200 lb.)
  • Length: Up to 5.5 meter (220 in.)
  • Time from eggs laid to young ones: 90 days
  • Young one’s quantity: 25 – 90 eggs (1 out of 50 survive!)

Appearance/Background

The Nile crocodile is most commonly found in Africa and is the second largest reptile in the world. The largest is the Saltwater Crocodile. They have thick scaly skin that is heavily armored.

Diet

Their diet consists of different species of fish, reptiles, birds and mammals. They are ambush predators that can wait for weeks for the suitable moment to attack.

Breeding

During the mating season, males attract females by bellowing, slapping their snouts in the water, blowing water out of their noses, and making a variety of other noises. Females lay their eggs about one to two months after mating. On average they lay between 25 and 90 eggs.

Habitat

They live in different types of aquatic environments such as lakes, rivers and marshlands.

Hunting

The Nile crocodile is one of the most dangerous species of crocodile and is responsible for hundreds of human deaths every year. Crocodiles are extremely hard to kill quickly and cleanly. The first shot must be carefully placed to anchor him. If you allow it to retreat to the water, the trophy is surely lost. Only two shots are effective in anchoring your croc; a shot placed into his golf-ball sized brain or one that hits the spinal column just behind the head. Accuracy is critical. A rifle of at least .338 caliber or larger will do. Some good planning will have to be done before taking this big lizard.

References

www.krugerpark.co.za/africa_crocodiles.html

www.africanskyhunting.co.za/trophies/crocodile-hunting.html