Nile crocodile – Schwarzie

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About Nile crocodile – Schwarzie

Scientific name :

Crocodylus niloticus

Common name :

Nile crocodile

Native to :

the area between the Southern Sahara and South Africa and around Madagascar

Maximum size :

6 metres

Weight :

up to 1 tonne

Diet :

carnivorous (meat, chicken, etc.)

Characteristics :

the Nile crocodile is an excellent hunter in water, propelling itself with its tail; when its prey comes to drink, the crocodile grabs it, dragging it underwater and drowning it. Although it is known for eating humans, crocodiles have few needs and can fast for several months, especially when it’s cold.

Location in the Tropical Reserve :

the biggest pool in the hothouse, by Crocodile Island 1 and Crocodile Island 2

Reproduction :

the female lays 10 to 60 eggs, once a year, in a hole which she digs in the sand. She protects her nest during the 90-day incubation period; at birth, the baby crocodile is self-sufficient: it can feed itself and already knows how to swim! Mum continues to protect her young for a few more months

Conservation status

Range

Répartition géographique

Conservation status

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