Animals Reptiles & Amphibians

Animals Reptiles & Amphibians

Nile Crocodile


SCIENTIFIC NAME:
Crocodylus niloticus
PROFILE:

These skilled predators are dangerous to their prey, but females are known for being excellent parents! They watch over their nests and help their young when they hatch, in addition to watching over them while they are still very small. Nile crocodiles are threatened by hunting and habitat loss in some parts of their range, although their numbers have made huge comebacks since the mid 20th century.

TYPE OF ANIMAL:
Reptile, Crocodylia (crocodiles and alligators)
NATIVE TO:
Africa
IUCN CONSERVATION STATUS:
Least concern; possibly threatened in parts of their range.
DIET:
Carnivore
LIFESPAN:
Wild - up to 45+ years; zoos - up to 70+
SOCIAL STATUS:
Social; live in congregations
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