Nile River is as famous for its unique wildlife as it is for its historical presence. And one such important and unique animal that inhabits the river basins is the crocodile. The Nile crocodile is one of the deadliest crocodile species in the world. In fact, it is the largest predator in the freshwater sources of Africa. So, if you are going to visit Africa and especially the Nile River, it is important you are aware of this creature for your safety.
Hundreds of people die in Africa each year due to crocodile predation and so, we don’t want you to be one of those. So don’t worry, Below I’ve provided you with all the information on Nile crocodiles that you need to know.
Are There Any Crocodiles In The Nile?
Yes, there are crocodiles in the Nile River. They are quite widespread, and their range includes about 26 countries in the African Continent. Unlike alligators, Nile crocodiles and crocodiles in general can live in different aquatic environments like marshlands, swamps, and rivers and while they can survive in saltwater, they rarely are found in one. Although you could find them in Brackish lakes and deltas.
Crocodiles are one of the few predators which live both in water and land providing it the opportunity to widen its net for predation. But when you compare both, crocodiles have a much smoother gait when in water than inland. Their unique bronze skin and faded blackish spots camouflage them often in the surroundings, making it easier to hunt prey.
How Many Crocodiles Are In The Nile?
Presently, Nile crocodiles are the most common crocodilian present on the continent. Although their numbers are not consistent, it is believed that about 250,000 to 500,000 individual Nile crocodiles inhabit the African continent.
One of the important features of Nile crocodile is that it is very invasive. Recently, one was spotted in South Florida, which hasn’t previously been inhabited by Nile crocodiles. It is believed that the individual might have been released from illegal captivity. Although rare, there might be a time in the future when the Nile Crocodile population expands to the rest of the continents.
Are There Crocodiles In The Nile River In Cairo?
Before we talk about their presence in Cairo, it is important to know that crocodiles live close to water sources especially freshwater, and rarely live near human settlements.
It is therefore rare, to spot them in a densely populated city such as Cairo. Nile crocodiles prefer remote and less populated regions, and it is probable that you could find them in the outskirts of the city where there is freshwater source available.
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What Does The Nile Crocodile Eat?
Nile crocodiles occupy the topmost position in the food chain and are apex predators. Contrast to popular belief, Nile crocodiles are not voracious eaters due to their small stomach.
Due to their ability to stay both on land and in water, these creatures are able to consume a list of aquatic animals like fish, reptiles and terrestrial animals like mammals, birds when they come to drink water.
Are Nile Crocodiles Aggressive?
Their inherent body size, and being one of the wildest carnivorous, these creatures are inherently aggressive. Although, Nile crocodiles do not attack humans often don’t forgot, this creature is an opportunistic hunter. They will often ambush prey by waiting for days and even weeks before attacking at a suitable time.
Nile crocodiles like other crocodiles in general are social and share even food sources and basking spots. However, be it their mates, other predator or ever humans, when cornered or threatened, these creatures are extremely aggressive and may easily lead to fatality.
How Powerful Is A Nile Crocodiles Bite?
When talking about an animal’s bite power, the main factors that contribute to it are the type of teeth and the force the animal is able to apply on the prey. Similar to other crocodiles, Nile crocodile’s bite is very sharp due to the presence of conical teeth that provides such a strong grip that the prey is unable to loosen it how much ever they try.
Not only does the animal apply a greater force but applies this for a large duration of time, making it almost impossible to escape.
Did you know, as per research, Nile crocodile’s biting force is five times that of an adult lion’s and can reach as high as 5000 lbf? Yes, so we cannot stress the importance of viewing these creatures at a distance and follow local precautions to keep yourself safe.
Is The Nile River Safe To Swim In?
No, in Contrast to popular belief and tour guides recommendations, it is not safe to swim in Nile River. One of the most common and important reasons is the presence of pollution in the river which may lead to visitors contacting some dangerous diseases. In addition to food, Nile River is home to a diverse set of wildlife which also includes deadly carnivores like Nile crocodiles.
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Some Facts About Crocodiles In The Nile?
Some interesting facts about crocodiles in Nile are as follows:
- They are the second largest crocodile species weighing anywhere between 330 to 1650 pounds and measuring 3.5 to 5 m long.
- Named as “Big Daddy,” an old male individual in Mamba Village Centre, Mombasa, Kenya is about 5 meters long and weighs 1800 pounds making it the largest living Nile Crocodile in Captivity.
- Although hunted extensively due to their tag as a “Man eater,” these creatures are designated as least Concern by the UICN Red list.
And that was everything you need to know about the Crocodile in the Nile. I hope this article answered all your queries.
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