What big teeth you have! by Maree  Clarkson

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Croc Valley in Ballito (on the North Coast of KwaZulu Natal, South Africa), offers crocodile and snake feedings, bird watching and a swamp forest incorporating a nature walk across the swamp on a wooden board walk. The area is now a nature reserve where crocodiles and other reptiles used to roam freely in this area. Every time I go to the Ballito, I take a drive out to Croc Valley for a cup of tea and a hike through the swamp forest, which takes approximately three-quarters of an hour to complete.

It’s only when you’re up close and personal to these magnificent animals, that their power, strength and size is VERY apparent! Although this chap looks half asleep, the guide assured me that he was fully alert and aware of his surroundings!

This is a Nile Crocodile and they feed mostly on vertebrates like fish, reptiles, and mammals, sometimes on invertebrates like mollusks and crustaceans, depending on species. They are an ancient lineage, and are believed to have changed little since the time of the dinosaurs. They are believed to be 200 million years old whereas dinosaurs became extinct 65 million years ago; crocodiles survived great extinction events.

The board walk through the swamp forest. This forest is one of the last few left in an area that is suffering fast and huge development.

The Crocodile enclosure – luckily it’s not open to the Swamp Forest walk!

Camera : FujiFinepix 2800Zoom

  1. “Oh! What beautiful big teeth you have!”

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I am a watercolorist living on my little piece of African soil in Tarlton, Gauteng, South Africa. The inspiration for my art is the wonderfully rich variety of Fauna and Flora to be found throughout this beautiful country.
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  • vampvamp
    vampvampover 3 years ago

    gerat draw!

  • Thanks Vamp!

    – Maree Clarkson

  • Sue Nichol
    Sue Nicholover 3 years ago

    Great drawing, I wouldn’t trust him as far as I could throw him! Love reading your descriptions too.

  • Thanks a lot Sue, and I agree, I wouldn’t like to be within easy distance of him!

    – Maree Clarkson

  • almaalice
    almaaliceover 3 years ago

    Great sketch Maree. They are amazing, we saw them on the river in Chobe and their alligator cousins in the swamps in Florida in a very similar set up to the one you describe. They always remind me of the song
    Never smile at a crocodile,
    Never tip your hat and stop to talk awhile
    Don’t be taken in by his welcome grin,
    He’s imagining how well you’d fit within his skin. and so on——— Alma

  • Thanks Alma, and how great are those words of the song! (must go look it up). It’s amazing that they look so “grinny”, very deceiving!

    – Maree Clarkson

  • Elizabeth Kendall
    Elizabeth Kendallover 3 years ago

    ♪♪ Oehoehoe, ek is ’n eensame krokodil! ♪♪! How appropriate! ;-)

    Lovely drawing and wonderful enjoyable song!! Thanks Maree!
  • Wow, pleased you like it all Liz, thank you!

    – Maree Clarkson

  • rosie320d
    rosie320dover 3 years ago

    love the sketch and the video – can’t imagine smiling at a crocodile :-)

  • Thanks Rosie, and I know it’s hard, but I suppose we should try smiling at them! Lol!

    – Maree Clarkson

  • AuntDot
    AuntDotover 3 years ago

    Wonderful sketch, Maree! Love the eye expression!

  • Thanks Dot, a very deceiving eye indeed!

    – Maree Clarkson

  • Elizabeth Kendall
    Elizabeth Kendallover 3 years ago

    Congratulations on your feature in “Sketching and Drawings” Maree!
    Croc is on his way!

  • Thanks Liz, very pleased about that! Smile!

    – Maree Clarkson

  • shanghaiwu
    shanghaiwuover 3 years ago
  • This is splendid Shanghaiwu! thank you for the feature, much appreciated!!

    – Maree Clarkson

  • Diane Johnson-Mosley
    Diane Johnson-...over 3 years ago

    Love it!!!

  • Thanks a lot Diane!!

    – Maree Clarkson

  • Patricia Anne McCarty-Tamayo
    Patricia Anne ...over 3 years ago

    LOL Aint that the truth! Nice peice btw

  • Ha ha! Thanks ever so much Patricia!

    – Maree Clarkson

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