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Nile Crocodile

(Crocodylus niloticus)


Category: Reptiles



The Nile crocodile is the second largest crocodile in the world, after the saltwater crocodile and is widespread throughout Sub-Saharan Africa. They have thick, scaly, heavily armored skin, and are aggressive apex predators capable of overtaking almost any prey they can get hold of. This crocodile is an ambush predator that is willing to wait days and even weeks for the right moment to attack.




Data & Facts

Scientific Classification
Kingdom - Animalia
Phylum - Chordata
Class - Sauropsida
Order - Crocodilia
Family - Crocodylidae
Genus - Crocodylus
Species - C. niloticus

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