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Wow, Wildtuinman, that sounds so breathtaking and you had the best position to watch it.

We spent there quite some time, just sitting and watching them with the binoculars and the camera. Suddenly we heard some noise and a hord of buffalos accompanied by some really noise making baboons approached and the crocs just stayed where they are, watching them coming. But the buffalos were really careful and did not stay long.

These are the moments when you can sit the whole day, just watching and enjoying.

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When we were at Matambeni Hide in May 2005 one afternoon we saw 58 crocs outside the water. Certainly there have been some more below the surface.

Unfortunelly the distance was to far to get good photographs but with the cam I got some nice video scenes.

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www.naturfoto-wildlifefoto.com/galerie-,Krokodil-1.htm

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 Post subject: Baby nile crocodile
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The Nile crocodile is one of the 3 species of crocodiles found in Africa, and the second largest species of crocodile.
Its range covers most of Africa south of the Sahara, and the island of Madagascar.
Known as a man-eater, it has been hated, revered (especially in Ancient Egypt where crocodiles were mummified), and worshiped.
The Nile crocodile can, and sometimes will, easily snatch and devour a human.
While it is no longer threatened with extinction as a species, the population in many countries is in danger of vanishing.


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Taken at Sunset Dam on Saturday:

These Impalas went right around the dam to go and drink next to the Crocodiles that were lying on the edge….quite strange, don’t you think?
Might it be that they feel safer when they can see the crocs?
Some of them however got very close to the crocodiles. :shock:
(photos were taken by my husband, I forgot my camera at home :cry: )

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Just one thought. The impies are not at the business end of the croc....

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 Post subject: Re: Baby nile crocodile
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gregz wrote:
The Nile crocodile is one of the 3 species of crocodiles found in Africa, ...


I am only aware of the nile crocodile and the African slender-snouted crocodile that is found in Africa. Which is the other?

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The african dwarf croc.

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a few months ago I came across a pool where both hippos and crocs were living in...in one corner there was dead hippo, belly up...judging from the stench I would think it had been dead for a few days when we got there...yet there were no appearant signs that the crocs had started to feed on it...so I wonder:

do they generally NOT eat hippo meat? or does it take for time for the hippo to decompose before the crocs are able to tear it open? what about other animals (lions, hyenas): shouldn't they try to get a share of it? it was quite close to the shore, not very deep in the water...


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Crocodile have no problem eating hippo meat! Nor do they have any problem to tear open a hippo.

They do it through the so called "death roll". They grab hold of the prey, and turn their whole body, thus tearing off pieces.

As to your observation ... there could be many explanations.

Maybe they had started eating, but it weren't obvious from your vantage point.

Maybe they had eaten previously, and had no appetite?

Maybe some other hippos kept them from the dead one?

And yes, other predators and scavengers will also eat dead hippo. They will even wade in to the water and try to pull the hippo ashore.

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well, I thought that if they ate from it they would start at the belly which (I imagine) is the easiest "entry point" - but the belly was intact...the other hippos in the pool were well away from the dead one (and why should they "protect" it?)...as I said, pieces of it were under water so obviously I can't know that the crocs had not started there...it just didn't look like it...

the dead hippo was "leaking", meaning fluids were running out of little holes in its skin and from its "behind"


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In this little video you see a very old Crocodile on the Road near Lower Sabie at the Sunset Dam. :shock:



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Nice one Nico,

thanks :thumbs_up: especially if still some people think sunset dam is a get out point :redface:


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Okay... So... I think that only Nile Crocodile is found at Kruger Park, but I saw this little lad last month... Is he just a young Nile Croc?

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That is a nile croc...

3 crocodile species in Africa but only Nile Crocodile in South Africa


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Ah, I see.. Thanks.
That's what I thought...

Is it possible for Kruger crocs to become somewhat deformed? I really must locate the other picture I took, it must have been a couple years back now, but he had the most unusual risen section on the top of his head. Is this normal? Looked like nothing I'd ever seen before, and I've seen my fair share of crocs. :|


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