Frequent question: Are there crocodiles in West Africa?

The West African crocodile inhabits much of West and Central Africa, ranging east to South Sudan and Uganda, and south to Democratic Republic of the Congo (in all three countries it may come into contact with Nile crocodiles).

Where in Africa are there crocodiles?

The Nile crocodile is Africa’s largest, and most widely distributed, crocodile. It can be found in Egypt in the North, through Central and East Africa, down to South Africa. The largest specimens and concentrations of these crocodiles are in the lakes and rivers of Central and East Africa.

Why are West African crocodiles hunted?

It’s hunted primarily for meat and hides, and usually not considered a trophy for those hunters who think about hunting crocodiles in Africa. Last, there is the Dwarf crocodile. Its habitat runs from Angola to Senegal and is the smallest of all living crocs.

Do crocodiles live in Nigeria?

In Nigeria, there are three crocodile species (Dore, 1983) the Nile crocodile (Crocodylus niloticus), long snouted (C. cataphractus) and the West African dwarf crocodile (Osteolaemus tetraspis). The Nile crocodile is the commonest with a wide distribution in rivers, lakes, creeks and mangrove swamps.

What do crocodiles eat in Africa?

Nile crocodiles will eat anything that moves. Their primary diet is fish, but they’ll also take down birds, reptiles, antelopes, otters, wildebeests, zebras, and hippos. They’ve even been known to eat other crocodiles.

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What eats a dwarf crocodile?

What are some predators of Dwarf Crocodiles? Predators of Dwarf Crocodiles include crocodiles, large birds, and large mammals.

Is it safe to swim in the Nile?

The Nile River is the life blood of Egypt. It is the longest river in the world, flowing over 6,600 kilometres throughout Africa. … We loved travelling along the Nile but would not recommend swimming in it (like we did) or you may get infected with a parasite called schistosomiasis.

Are crocodiles all over Africa?

The species is Africa’s most common crocodile, and has an IUCN (International Union for Conservation of Nature) conservation rating of ‘Least Concern’. It is found in many parts of sub-Saharan Africa (the area south of the Sahara desert).

Can a gorilla kill a crocodile?

Depending on the type, adult crocs range from 40 pounds to 2370 pounds. A gorilla could kill the 40 pounder but would be destroyed by the 2370 pounder.

What can kill a crocodile?

Big cats, such as jaguars and leopards, sometimes attack, kill and eat adult caimans, crocodiles and alligators. Huge serpents such as anacondas and pythons sometimes attack grown crocodilians as well. And baby alligators, crocodiles and caimans have many predators to worry about.

Can a Nile crocodile kill a lion?

In the water there is a pretty good chance for a Nile crocodile to take a very good bite out of a lion. If it gets the first bite and there are enough crocodiles there to tear it to pieces pretty quick then it is a pretty easy fight.

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