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Meet the Mighty Nile Crocodile

Nile Crocodile

The lakes, rivers, marshlands, and swamps of 26 African countries teem with the mighty Nile crocodile. And although most-suited to freshwater as the largest predator of this terrain, it has occasionally been spotted in brackish lakes and deltas.

The jaw of a Nile crocodile is one of the most powerful in the animal world and can deliver bites of monumental proportions. It measures at a force of over 2,200 kilograms per 6.45 square centimetres. However, the muscles to open its mouth are relatively weak.

Even as cold-blooded reptiles, the Nile crocodile is a social creature. Sunny spots and food are regularly shared. As the prime member in such gatherings, male Nile crocodiles have first pick at the best location. If not adhered to, violent encounters often ensue.

Classified as ‘Least Concern’ under conservation status, the Nile Crocodile thrives in Africa, with as many as 500,000 on the continent. Hunting, pollution, and loss of habitat are the main threats to the species.

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Its inky-black mouth and lightening striking action make the black mamba the most feared snake in Africa. One bite from this snake, with its neuro-toxic venom, will result in certain death in most instances.

Croaks from the African bullfrog can be heard from bodies of freshwater, tropical shrublands, and moist Savannah across the continent. Males and females use different sounds to attract each other, as well as indicate moments of distress.

Popular Parks Across Africa

Kruger National Park

Kruger National Park lies in northeastern South Africa and is one of Africa’s largest game reserves with a high density of wildlife.

Hwange National Park

Hwange National Park is located in west Zimbabwe boasts grasslands and mopane woods that are home to a wide variety of reptiles and amphibians.

Etosha National Park

Etosha National Park is home to 114 large and small mammal species, more than 400 bird species, scores of reptiles, and even fish species. 

Moremi Game Reserve

Moremi Game Reserve is located on the eastern side of the Okavango Delta in Botswana and borders the Chobe National Park.

Amboseli National Park

Amboseli National Park lies at base of Africa’s highest mountain, the snow-capped Mount Kilimanjaro and is home to diverse wildlife.

One of the largest reptiles in Africa