Aggressive Nile Crocodiles-Uganda.
The aggressive Nile crocodiles-Uganda are the largest fresh water predators in Africa. However, this species of crocodile is the largest reptile in the world after the saltwater crocodile. The scientific name is crocodylus niloticus. They inhabit in fresh aquatic areas such as lakes, rivers, marsh lands. Uganda is a place to see these aggressive creatures during a Uganda wildlife safari to the banks of the river Nile in Murchison falls as well as the kazinga channel banks in Queen Elizabeth national park. If on your way to track Gorillas, you will stopover at Lake Mburo to see the Nile crocodiles.
Characteristics of the Aggressive Nile Crocodiles-Uganda
Nile crocodiles have long streamlined bodies which are grey olive in color with yellowish bellies in adults. While the juveniles are greenish or dark olive-brown with black cross banding on the tail and body. They also have a powerful tail , 4 webbed short legs as well as long and powerful jaws; for grabbing and holding on to the prey. Eyes, ears and nostrils are on top of the head. Nile crocodiles have a good sense of smell and also an excellent night vision. Male crocodiles are larger than females measuring up to 6 meters in length and weighing over 700kgs.
The agile Aggressive Nile Crocodiles-Uganda
Aggressive Nile Crocodiles-Uganda are agile, opportunistic and ambush predators that wait for hours, days, for a suitable moment to attack a prey within an attack range. They attack the prey with an extremely powerful bite that grips into the flesh making it hard for the prey to escape. Afterward they drown the prey and after feed on it. They can also stay several months without feeding. They feed on mammals that are almost half of their body weight such as buffaloes, lions, antelopes and zebras.
Aggressive Nile Crocodiles-Uganda are relatively social crocodiles that share basking spots and large food sources. Males are territorial and defend their territories, dominance hierarchy determines the order in which individuals feed.
Aggressive Nile Crocodiles-Uganda usually breed during the dry season. Females make nests in the sand away from the water and then lay eggs in there. Thereafter incubate the eggs for about 90 days; after hatching the female gathers her hatching in her mouth and takes them into the water. Nile crocodile are extremely attentive and protective parents since their hatchings are very vulnerable to predators. Young female reach sexual maturity between 12 to 15 years. The life expectancy of the Nile crocodiles is between 80 to 100 years.
Visitors interested in seeing these aggressive Nile crocodiles during the wildlife safari can take a boat cruise on the Murchison falls; these creatures will be seen basking at the shores of the River Nile. You can also spot the Nile crocodiles along the banks of Kazinga channel in Queen Elizabeth. Lake Mburo is another exciting place to see this aggressive creatures basking at the shores of the lake in Uganda.