Nile crocodile (Crocodylus niloticus)

The Nile crocodile is one of the largest crocodilians in the world. Living in the Nile basin, sub-Saharan Africa and Madagascar in freshwater marshes, mangrove swamps and rivers, they are found quite close to human settlements which leads to a lot of attacks. Since they do not really have a particular diet, someone nearby might look like a tasty meal.
This is one of the few crocodiles that attack humans for purposes other than self-defence. This gives them the reputation of being man-eaters. They are one of the largest crocodiles growing up to a maximum of twenty feet. The crocodiles lay between 40 – 60 eggs in a small hole nest. Unlike most reptiles they have a very caring nature and both male and female crocodile will aggressively protect the nest until the eggs hatch. It has also been observed that juveniles stick together in groups and if one of them gets lost he can call for help and any adult in the area will come to its aid. Although they are considered as least concern on the IUCN red list a couple of years ago they were almost hunted to extinction. Even today in certain areas their numbers have depleted due to habitat destruction and pollution.

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