THE NILE CROCODILE - Crocodylus niloticus by Magaret Meintjes

THE NILE CROCODILE - Crocodylus niloticus by 

THE NILE CROCODILE – Crocodylus niloticus
Total Length 2,5 – 3,5 m; max 5,9m
Nile crocodiles may exceptionally exceed 1 000kg in weight. The jaws are long, and have prominent teeth. The eyes and valved nostrils are situated on top of the head. The skin is covered with geometrically arranged, horny plates, many of which are keeled and bony. The plates on top of the head are fused to the skull. The hind feet are webbed. The tail is 40% of the toal body length, rectangular in cross-section and has two raised dorsal keels. The young are greenish, with irregular black markings on the back and sides.
Habitat: Larger rivers, lakes, swamps and river mouths.
Range: Okavango Basin, Cunene River and major rivers draining to the east coast, south Tugela River (historically to East london) Viable populations now restricted mainly to game reserves. Elsewhere, on Madagascar (indicating limited marine excursions) and throughout Africa (except at high altitudes and in deserts). Now extinct on other Indian Ocean islands and in coastal Mediteranean regions.
Subspecies: A number have been proposed, based on minor differences in scutellation; they are all of doubtful validity.

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  • Magaret Meintjes
    Magaret Meintjesover 6 years ago

  • Maximus
    Maximusover 6 years ago

    Compared to our Salties, it’s a babe. The one in the park next to us is 15feet and very mean. :)

  • I think it is bacause this one does not live in captivity, in the wild they are very active and move around a lot. Thank you so much through for your comment Max, really very much appreciated ! take care, have a great day !

    – Magaret Meintjes

  • pat oubridge
    pat oubridgeover 6 years ago

    I wouldn’t want to get too close to this mean beastie mags, brilliant image though, well done

  • Thank you so much Pat, appreciatiate your time, kind comments and loyal support ! xxxx

    – Magaret Meintjes

  • Peace Mitchell
    Peace Mitchellover 6 years ago

    Wow what a great shot! Nicely done.

  • Thank you so much for your kind comment, and support, really appreciate it! take care, have a great day ! xxxx

    – Magaret Meintjes

  • Sensiworld
    Sensiworldover 6 years ago

    Great shot !

  • Thank you so much Sylvia for your kind comment and support, really appreciate it. Have a great day ! xx

    – Magaret Meintjes

  • Tambala
    Tambalaover 6 years ago

    Fantastic capture! I remember seeing these in the Zambezi…pretty scary if they start to move!

  • Thank you so much for your kind comment, and support, really appreciate it! take care, have a great day ! xxxx

    – Magaret Meintjes

  • krafty
    kraftyover 6 years ago

    Blimey…what a capture Mags…love the description you have added enlightens us who have no real info on these lovely and fascinating animals.Fantastic and informative…Well Done Sweetie.xxxxx

  • That is so kind, thank you so much, so happy you enjoyed it ! take care xxxx

    – Magaret Meintjes

  • mikequigley
    mikequigleyover 6 years ago

    lovely just the guy to have around the home for a guard dog LOL! mq

  • That could be great ! Thanks Mike, appreciate aayour comment!

    – Magaret Meintjes

  • emmy2
    emmy2over 6 years ago

    Wonderful shot of this crock. I am always empressed that you give all the details about your images. Great work MY Friend.

  • Thank is so kind Vics, thank you, have a wonderful day my friend xxxx

    – Magaret Meintjes

  • Dawn B Davies-McIninch
    Dawn B Davies-...over 6 years ago

    fabulous shot mags, my they are just so big,dawnx

  • Thank you my friend, have a wonderful day ! xxxxx

    – Magaret Meintjes

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