Mud – dwelling Caecian
February 15, 2016
Broad Fronted Crocodile
February 15, 2016
Scientific name:
Crocodylus niloticus
Identification:
Up to 5 metres, possibly slightly more, may weigh up to 1000 kg. Abig, thickset crocodile with a fairly broad snout, usually brown (top), grey (bottom) or tan. Juveniles mottled to a greater or lasser extent with black.
Habitat:
Widespread throughout East Africa in suitable water like rivers, lakes, dams and springs below 1600 metres. Absent from the lakes of the high central Rift Valley in Kenya.
Behaviour:
May bask or swim during day, usually in the water at night. Small crocodiles tend to be secretive, hiding in backwaters and basking in sunlight patches, but big adults bask openly. The large males are territorial. They will walk across country to escape drying - up pools. Nile crocodile have excelent sight, hearing and taste.
Food:
They havied diet, fish major diet. They opportunistic carnivores so many animals eat including human being. The babies eeat insects and frogs.
Reproduction:
Female dig a hole on an elevated sandbank, above flood level, and lay from 20 - 95 hard - shelled white eggs. The incubation temperature determines the sex of the hatchings. The female aldo assists the youngsters at hatching, clearing sand from the nest site and transporting thebabies to water in her mouth.