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Re: Crocodile: Nile

Unread post by Graham_5000 » Thu May 24, 2012 12:43 am

How inactive are crocs in winter? Want to go kayaking on St Lucia lake system after Kruger, but not quite sure!
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Re: Crocodile: Nile

Unread post by anne-marie » Thu May 24, 2012 4:36 am

you know the adage (saying)... right place, right time :shock:
and I think they must eat at least once... even in winter :hmz:
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Crocodiles in rivers that flow through Kruger

Unread post by Bush Baptist » Wed Aug 22, 2012 2:04 pm

I have often wondered what stops crocs that live in Kruger rivers from getting out of the park by swimming upstream. After all there is no underwater sign telling them that they are leaving Kruger.

Anyone know?
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Re: Crocodiles in rivers that flow through Kruger

Unread post by Albert » Wed Aug 22, 2012 3:20 pm

They do most certainly "get out" (or maybe they were never "in" to start off with). I have a timeshare unit at Hazyview, and there are couple of crocs that live in the river right in front of our unit. Makes for an intersting late afternoon stroll on the river banks... :o
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Re: Crocodiles in rivers that flow through Kruger

Unread post by bert » Thu Aug 23, 2012 11:54 am

suppose they can be found in many rivers near Kruger
As long as food is around and not to much disturbance

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Re: Crocodiles in rivers that flow through Kruger

Unread post by o-dog » Thu Aug 23, 2012 11:57 am

There are plenty of Crocs outside the western part of the park. Swim there at your own peril!
Take the Limpopo for example...you find the crocs a few hundred km west of the park.
And its not just a croc thing.
I rmember in 2005 when a guy was killed by a lion outside the Phalaborwa Spar at night. Also someone was driving on the tar road to Letaba and saw a lion dragging a man across the road.
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Re: Crocodiles in rivers that flow through Kruger

Unread post by Rooies » Thu Aug 23, 2012 12:03 pm

They can be found in most low lying sections of major rivers, and were spotted in the Duzi river just before the race started. They have an amazing way of adapting to any condition and that is why they have survived the big dinosaur extinction. Jackals and vervet monkeys are in the same league when it come to surviving in populated areas.
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Re: Crocodiles in rivers that flow through Kruger

Unread post by Rooies » Fri Aug 24, 2012 12:04 pm

Bush Baptist wrote:I wonder for instance, if there are any crocs in remote parts of the Orange river?


Nope, too cold for them. They like sub-tropical to tropical areas. After the floods of 1988, we discovered the skull of a hippo on the banks of the Vaal river, which flows into the Orange. I have read several books about presence of hippos in the Vaal system, but the blerrie Boere and Souties killed them all when they trekked into the interior.


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Re: Crocodiles in rivers that flow through Kruger

Unread post by Scipio » Fri Aug 24, 2012 3:05 pm

Crocs are found in all rivers west of Kruger, and sometimes as far as Tzaneen they were found. Klaserie Dam is a good example, as I found crocs there a fortnight ago, and the dumb people swim and ski there. :wall: :wall: :wall:

What peeps don't realise is that nature reserves, farms etc abounds in the area west of Kruger. On our way to Hoedspruit from Orpen gat, on the main road 6km's from Hoedspruit we had a great Lion Hunt, next to the road 2 weeks ago. They were fenced in from the road, but it was still good. :thumbs_up:

I had Lions, hyena, BBJ and various other wild animals at my house when still staying in Phalagat. :whistle:

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Re: Crocodiles in rivers that flow through Kruger

Unread post by Roan » Fri Aug 24, 2012 9:37 pm

There are quite a few crocs in Rust de Winter dam which is about an hour north of Pretoria in the Elands River.
I have personally caught one with a fishing rod a few years ago. They have been in that dam for ages. . .Way before all the game farms etc. sprung up all over the place.
My brother have also had a close encounter of the scaly kind when we were still kids.
As they say. . . any pool bigger than a bathtub in the Lowveld should be considered to house a resident croc.
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Crocodile Blocking Olifants High Water Bridge

Unread post by ossendryver » Fri Sep 21, 2012 11:37 pm

This happened on Friday the 21st of September 2012.
The croc was stuck on the bridge but thanks to the Ranger Rendani and his team, they got him back safely.
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Re: Crocodile Blocking Olifants High Water Bridge

Unread post by Meandering Mouse » Sat Sep 22, 2012 6:41 am

WOW OS, thanks for posting that. Certainly high excitement.
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Re: Crocodile Blocking Olifants High Water Bridge

Unread post by ossendryver » Sat Sep 22, 2012 11:47 am

The rangers said that it was sitting on the bridge, then when a car came past it got scared and run into the fence and got stuck there.

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Re: Crocodile Blocking Olifants High Water Bridge

Unread post by Elsa » Sat Sep 22, 2012 10:16 pm

Glad all was well that ended well! :clap:
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Re: Crocodile Blocking Olifants High Water Bridge

Unread post by big5spotter » Fri Sep 28, 2012 6:02 pm

Thats awesome. Nice work guys.

My question: It looks a long way down what if he didnt get stuck? and he got through and had a couple meters drop possible onto some rock which is clearly visible in background! all thing happen for a reason
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