Ultimate Reptile of the Nile

The Nile crocodile is the second largest reptile to (currently) walk the face of the planet, second only to his brother, the saltwater crocodile.

By Arturo de Frias MarquesOwn work.

They roam and reign over the rivers of Sub-Saharan Africa, and they can grow up to 16.5 feet long and 1700 pounds, with the males generally being 30 percent larger than the females. You don’t want to come face to face with a Nile crocodile, but I didn’t need to say that did I?


These crocs will eat almost anything they can snap their jaws on, often fish, birds, mammals, and other reptiles. The Nile crocodile is known to be extremely aggressive and also very patient. They’re known to wait for hours, even days, for the opportune time to attack.

You don’t want to be in the wrong place at the wrong time when it comes to these beasts.

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Female crocodiles lay eggs and stand guard over them.

While the mother does continue to protect them once they hatch, the baby crocodiles soon hunt and eat for themselves.

Various studies have shown the great force of the Nile crocodile’s bite, but shockingly their strength to open their jaws is much weaker.

For any unlucky fellow who comes into contact with one of these river monsters, the best bet for survival would probably be holding his jaws shut and holding on for dear life until help came.

The ferocious Nile crocodile is the most common crocodilian currently found in Africa, a terrifying concept that an animal like that could be considered “common.” 

Nile crocodiles are extremely dangerous, causing hundred of human deaths per year. You’ve been warned!

One animal that can give the Nile crocodile a run for its money is the lion. Watch what happens when a crocodile battles a pride of lions over an elephant carcass: