Crocodiles are eaten by large cats, such as jaguars, leopards and lions. Anacondas and large lizard species also consume crocodiles. Hatchlings and young crocodiles are frequently eaten by large birds, such as heron.Know More
Depending on the stage of its life and its size, the crocodile has different predators. Baby crocodiles are most at risk of being eaten. They are often taken by egrets, eagles and other birds of prey. Young crocodiles are consumed by predatory fish, snakes and lizards living in the same environment. Due to predators, approximately only two percent of baby crocodiles reach maturity.
As crocodiles hatch, they produce a high-pitched chirping sound that alerts their mothers. A mother scoops up her young in her mouth and carries them to the water. As they grow, they use this same noise to alert the mother they are in danger or are being attacked by another animal. Carnivorous mammals such as wild pigs and hyenas kill and eat crocodiles if the reptiles are small enough. Crocodiles occasionally turn to cannibalism and eat each other in order to survive.
Though they do not eat crocodiles, elephants are known to frequently kill crocodiles to protect their young. Humans also eat crocodiles. Many people living in regions around crocodile habitats hunt crocodiles as a source of meat.Learn more about Crocodiles
Female crocodiles lay approximately 35 to 50 eggs, with some laying up to 90 eggs at a time, around late June or early July after they have finished building a nest made from vegetation to support and house the eggs. The nests can measure anywhere from 7 to 10 feet in diameter with a height of approximately 2 to 3 feet. The eggs are then incubated in the nest for approximately 90 days with vegetation covering them to protection them and to maintain a certain temperature and environmental conditions.Full Answer >
The life span of crocodiles varies depending on the species. In the wild, large crocodile species tend to live between 60 and 70 years, while smaller species live for 30 to 40 years on average.Full Answer >
Crocodiles are not dinosaurs, but the two groups are closely related. Both dinosaurs and crocodiles are considered archosaurs, a special group of reptiles that are distinguished from similar animals by having a single distinct skull opening in front of each eye.Full Answer >
A crocodile eats a diet that consists of meat from fish, birds, reptiles, mammals and invertebrates. These large reptiles can eat up to half their body weight in a single feeding.Full Answer >