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

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Jumbo,

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Might it be that they feel safer when they can see the crocs?


The do feel save when they can see their enemy, same when they spot lions and they would follow them as far as they can or visibility holds.

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 Post subject: Re: Baby nile crocodile
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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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Crocs eat very little. They don't really need much food because they get their energy from the sun. After they have had a few bites, the carcas is usually just left alone. Others will finish it off. It takes a lot of crocs to eat a whole hippo.


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gloria wrote:
Anywone remember seeing the footage of a crocodile attacking an antelope and then a hippo chased off the croc and tried to save the antelope (by what looked like mouth to mouth resuss) and stayed watch over it for about a day after it had died - one of the most surreal wildlife experiences I had seen (unfortunately it was only on tele but it was still awesome(

I know these pictures and I own this video. It was filmed by Dick Reucassel. One of my wilderness stories is based on it and describes this unbelievable drama of the bush.
At the internet you will find this video many times as pirate copies if you put in at Google the words: hippo impala crocodile.

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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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