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Nile crocodile

Crocodylus niloticus

Description:

Nile Crocodiles have a dark bronze colouration above, with black spots on the back and a dirty purple on the belly. The flanks, which are yellowish green in colour, have dark patches arranged in oblique stripes. There is some variation relative to environment; specimens from swift flowing waters tend to be lighter in colour than those dwelling in lakes or swamps. They have green eyes. The Nile crocodile is the largest crocodilian in Africa and is sometimes regarded as the second largest crocodilian after the Saltwater crocodile. The male crocodile usually measure from 11.5 to 16 feet long (3.5 to 5 meters), but very old, mature ones can grow to 18 ft (5.5 m) or more.



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3 Comments

peter
peter 8 years ago

Yea the snout is a clear hint, good call.

Yasser
Yasser 8 years ago

I was going to say that definitely looks like a croc, not a caiman. what an amazing photo of an amazing animal. thanks for sharing!

peter
peter 8 years ago

Incredible! This caimen is definitely enjoying his lunch :)

NeilHarris
Spotted by
NeilHarris

North-West, Botswana

Lat: -17.84, Long: 25.07

Spotted on Jul 3, 2008
Submitted on Feb 23, 2011

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