The African Crocodile – The Nile Crocodile of Uganda

The African Crocodile – The Nile Crocodile of Uganda

Uganda safaris offer brings a traveler on a close encounter with the Nile crocodile that is found in the waters of the longest river in the World – the Nile River and this reptile is considered the largest of all living reptiles, regularly mounting up to 6m in length.

Biologically, the crocodile belongs to the Crocodilia family that dates back to over 150 million years. The fossil forms of this order existing contemporarily with dinosaurs are remarkably unchanged from their modern ancestors.

The Nile crocodile of Uganda is so much different from the common tales; these crocodile species largely consume fish when they exist in good numbers. With their big sizes, they also prey on swimming or drinking mammals where the chance presents itself, pulling their prey beneath the water until it drowns, then storing it under submerged log or tree before it decomposes enough for eating.

A mature large crocodile is capable of killing a wildebeest, zebra or a lion or an adult human for example in areas like the Mara or Grumeti Rivers in the Serengeti, large mammals do form their foremost prey.

Uganda Safari tours travelers will notice that these Nile crocodiles exist in protected areas and are encountered on the sand banks of the Nile overlooking the magical Murchison falls National Park appearing in a silent and sinister form before disappearing under the water when the launch draws closer.

Other reliable sites for sighting Nile crocodiles on Uganda wildlife safari or along your gorilla trekking safaris in Uganda, Lake Mburo national park and increasingly Kazinga channel in Queen Elizabeth National Park Uganda.

 

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