121. The Nile Crocodile

The Nile crocodile is the most common type of crocodile in Kenya. It is one of the largest reptiles in the world, growing up to 5 metres and weighing 900 pounds on average.
This aggressive, vicious reptile is one of the most dangerous species of crocodile and has been the cause of numerous human deaths every year.



Nile crocodiles are relatively social crocodiles. They share basking spots and large food sources, such as schools of fish and big carcasses.

Their strict hierarchy is determined by size. Large, old males are at the top of this hierarchy and have primary access to food and the best basking spots. 

Nile crocodiles are apex predators: predators at the top of afood chain, without natural predators themselves. 
They are ambush predators that can wait for hours, days, and even weeks for the suitable moment to attack.
 
Crocodiles are capable of taking almost any animal within their range. Their diet consists mostly of different species of fish, reptiles, birds and mammals.


From the 1940s to the 1960s, the Nile crocodile was hunted, primarily for high-quality leather, though also for meat and purported curative properties. The population was severely depleted, and the species faced extinction.
But, they’re baaaaaaaack. The Nile Crocodile is listed as “least concern” under the IUCN Red List,