Massive Saltwater Crocodile Attacks Freshwater Crocodile

Saltwater Crocodile. Photo by Molly Ebersold of the St. Augustine Alligator Farm, Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons

You’ve heard that it can be a dog-eat-dog world, but looks like we can call it a croc-eat-croc world too.

Incredible footage captures the moment a saltwater crocodile chomps down on a freshwater crocodile.

The amazing sighting was caught on camera from a helicopter in northwestern Australia by tour guide Lynden James and posted to HeliSpirit’s Facebook page.

Watch the video below:

Despite their names, it’s not entirely shocking that these two animals ran into each other in the same body of water. Both the saltwater crocodile and the freshwater crocodiles can lurk and live in either fresh water or salt water.

While the footage of this near cannibalism may seem shocking, crocodiles are known to attack other crocodiles for a variety of reasons. These can be anything from an effort to control the population, assert dominance or establish territory.

Unfortunately for smaller, more vulnerable animals, crocodiles are known to be even more aggressive during mating season. Research shows this aggression starts as early as hatchlings emerge from their eggs.

Despite the intensity that a croc vs croc battle might inspire, it should be no surprise that the saltwater crocodile came out on top appearing to be the victor. After all, the saltwater crocodile is the world’s largest living reptile and boasts the world’s most powerful bite force. Saltwater crocs can chomp down at an impressive 700 pounds per square inch or 16,460 newtons.

Either way, you wouldn’t want to find yourself face to face with any crocodile – whether it was saltwater or freshwater.

Ditmars, Raymond Lee, 1876-1942, Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons

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