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Nile crocodile

The Nile crocodile (Crocodylus niloticus) is an African crocodile, the largest freshwater predator in Africa, and may be considered the second largest extant reptile in the world, after the saltwater crocodile (Crocodylus porosus). The Nile crocodile is quite widespread throughout Sub-Saharan Africa, occurring mostly in the central, eastern, and southern regions of the continent and lives in different types of aquatic environments such as lakes, rivers and marshlands. Although capable of living in saline environments, this species is rarely found in saltwater, but occasionally inhabits deltas and brackish lakes. The range of this species once stretched northward throughout the Nile, as far north as the Nile delta. On average, the adult male Nile crocodile is between in length and weighs . However, specimens exceeding in length and weighing up to 1100 kg have been recorded. Sexual dimorphism is prevalent, and females are usually about 30% smaller than males. They have thick scaly skin that is heavily armored.

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This entry wouldn't be complete without a video of Steve Irwin, the Crocodile Hunter, lending some expertise on this crocodile. It's remarkable how something like water causes so many problems among species. Steel yourself for the final video moments, when the crocodiles go feeding crazy.

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A National Geographic presentation on the Nile Crocodile, the deadliest crocodile on the Earth, giving lions a run for their title as rulers of Africa. Who would win if on an even playing field? I still go with the lion, but now have a pretty high respect for these water dwellers.

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