Throughout Africa, in tropical lakes and river systems.
The Nile crocodile is a reptile with extremely powerful jaws. Only the hind feet are webbed, which together with the tai, provide the means of propulsion.
Males have a more robust appearance.
Rivers and lakes
Capable of remaining in suspension just below the surface of the water, with only the tip of its nostrils and the part of the head containing the eyes, visible.
A large crocodile can remain almost invisible in murky waters. Its method of attack is to cruise as close as possible underwater to its victim – usually a drinking animal – and then charge out of the water to seize its prey in its multi-toothed and powerful jaws. Being unable to chew, a crocodile will grip its victim and by rapid revolutions of its entire body, tear off pieces which it swallows whole.
From fresh-water barbell to a full-grown buffalo.
Female crocodiles lay eggs in a nest, turtle-like, in sand and rely upon the sun’s heat to incubate them so that they hatch after three months. On hatching, the female carries the young in a pouch in her jaw to a nursery area which she guards tenaciously. In times of severe drought, when its river or lake is threatened with drying up, a crocodile can travel great distances overland. When harassed, it moves at great speed. It does not slither like a snake, but can walk with its entire length clear off the ground.
The lifespan of the Nile crocodile is approximately 120 years and even higher ages have been documented.