Nile crocodile

Nile crocodile

Scientific name
Crocodylus niloticus
Order
Family
תניניים Crocodylidae
Social Structure
Group
Activity
At times also active at night
Food
Predator
Super predator
Dangers
תוכנית שימור בגן
conservation status
LC
Extinct
EX
Extinct in the Wild
EW
Critically endangered
CR
Endangered
EN
Vulnerable
VU
Near Threatened
NT
least Concern
LC
Deficient Data
DD
In the Bible

“And God created the great sea monsters…” Genesis 1:21 The crocodile is the first animal mentioned in the Bible.

Weight
KG
800
-
400
Life Expectancy
years
70
Interesting To Know

The Nile crocodile is the second largest reptile in the world, right after the Saltwater crocodile. It can weigh up to a ton, and it can be as long as six meters. It can live up to 70, and even 100 years.

The crocodile is semi-aquatic and spends most of its time in water.  Its body is fitted for spending long amounts of time in water. Its eyes and nostrils are located on the top level, enabling it to see, smell, and breathe even when its entire body in under water.

After laying eggs, the female crocodile exhibits motherly behavior, as she protects the eggs in their nest. She assists the young to hatch from their eggs and takes them into her mouth and into the water, protecting them for a while after hatching.

The crocodile is dangerous to humans, and it is a known fact that each year, hundreds of humans lose their lives in crocodile attacks. A crocodile’s bite is considered especially strong, and during attack on its prey, it rips out pieces of flesh from its prey without chewing. These pieces are fully digested in its belly.

Photo: Flori Van Assen

Endangered status
lc
Worldwide
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Israel
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