NILE CROCODILE (Crocoldilus nilotica)

Minimum measurement:
Rowland Ward: 14’ (4.27 m) length
SCI: 9’ (2.75 m) length

Track:
Front: 7 1/16” (180 mm) x 5 7/8” (150 mm)
Hind: 11 1/8” (300 mm) x 7 1/16” (180 mm)

Average mass:
2 000 lb (910 kg)

Average shoulder height:
18’ + (5:5 + m)
The Nile crocodile keeps on growing until death

Record:
17’ (5.18 m) length
19 points

Suggested calibers:
.30 and above
Bow:
60 lb with fixed broad head

Distribution

Throughout Africa, in tropical lakes and river systems.

Identification

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.

Differences between male and female:

Males have a more robust appearance.

Habitat

Rivers and lakes

Habits

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.

Food

From fresh-water barbell to a full-grown buffalo.

Breeding

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.

Age

The lifespan of the Nile crocodile is approximately 120 years and even higher ages have been documented.