Aggressive Nile Crocodile
The aggressive Nile crocodile is the most significant freshwater predator 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 fresh aquatic areas such as lakes, rivers, marshlands. Uganda is the place to see these aggressive creatures in the banks of river Nile during a Uganda wildlife safari to Murchison falls as well as the Kazinga channel banks in Queen Elizabeth national park.
Characteristics of the Aggressive Nile Crocodile
Adult Nile crocodiles have long streamlined, grey-olive bodies with yellowish bellies. The Juveniles are greenish or dark olive-brown with black cross-banding on the tail and body. They have a powerful tail, 4 webbed short legs, long 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 more massive than females measuring up to 6 meters in length and weighing over 700kg.
The agile Aggressive Nile Crocodile
Aggressive Nile Crocodiles is agile, opportunistic and ambush predators that wait for hours, and days. They attack their prey with a powerful bite that grips into the flesh making it hard for them to escape. Afterward, they drown the prey and after feed on it. They can also stay for 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 Crocodile is 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 breeds during the dry season. Females make nests in the sand away from the water and then lay eggs in there. After that incubate the eggs for about 90 days; after hatching the female gathers her hatching in her mouth and takes them into the water. Nile crocodiles are extraordinarily attentive and protective parents since their hatchlings are very vulnerable to predators. The young female reaches sexual maturity between 12 to 15 years. The life expectancy of the Nile crocodiles is between 80 to 100 years.