The largest crocodiles in the world

Where do the largest crocodiles in the world live? Since these terrible reptiles swim perfectly on the high seas and love to travel, they can be found on the coasts of Southeast Asia, Sri Lanka, eastern India, Australia, central Vietnam and Japan.

The largest crocodile in the world - combed (Crocodylus porosus). It is also called hilly, nostril or sea, due to external features - on the face it has two ridges or it is covered with tubercles. The length of males is from 6 to 7 meters. The maximum length of the combed crocodile was recorded more than 100 years ago in India. The killed crocodile reached 9.9 meters! The weight of adults is from 400 to 1000 kg. Habitat - Southeast Asia, the Philippines, the Solomon Islands.

The combed crocodiles feed on fish, mollusks, and crustaceans, but large individuals are not so harmless and attack buffaloes, wild pigs, antelopes, and monkeys. Often they lurk a victim at a watering hole, grab a muzzle with their jaws and knock them down with a tail blow. The jaws are compressed with such force that they can crush the skull of a large buffalo. The victim is dragged into the water, where it can no longer actively resist. Very often attack people.

Female combed crocodile lays up to 90 eggs. She builds a nest of leaves and mud. Rotting foliage creates a moist, warm atmosphere, the temperature in the nest reaches 32 degrees. The sex of future crocodiles depends on temperature. If the temperature is up to 31.6 degrees, then males will be born, if higher - females. This type of crocodile has great commercial value, so it was mercilessly destroyed.

Nile crocodile (Crocodylus niloticus) is the second largest after combed crocodile. It lives on the shores of lakes, rivers, and in freshwater marshes of Africa south of the Sahara. Adult males reach 5m in length, weighing up to 500 kg, the size of females is 30% smaller.

Crocodiles reach puberty by 10 years. In the mating season, males slam their faces on the water, snort, roar, and try to attract the attention of females. The life span of a Nile crocodile is 45 years. And although the main food of the crocodile is fish and small vertebrates, it can hunt any large animal, it is dangerous for humans. In Uganda, a crocodile was caught, who for 20 years kept the locals in fear and claimed 83 lives.

The largest crocodile is considered and Orokin crocodile (Crocodylus intermedius), living in South America. Its length can reach 6 m. It feeds mainly on fish. Cases of attacks on humans have been reported. In the hot season, when the water level in the water falls, crocodiles dig holes on the banks of rivers. Today, this very rare species can be found in the lakes and rivers of Colombia and Venezuela. The population is greatly exterminated by man, in nature there are about 1,500 individuals.

The largest reptiles are also American crocodileCrocodylus acutus), 5-6 meters long. Habitat - South America. It feeds on fish, small mammals, and can attack livestock. A person is rarely attacked only if it poses a threat to the crocodile or offspring. Adults adapt well to salt water and swim far into the sea.

Another representative of the largest crocodiles in the world, 4-5 meters long - Swamp crocodile (Crocodylus palustris, Indian) - the habitat of Hindustan. It settles in shallow reservoirs with stagnant water, most often in swamps, rivers and lakes. This animal feels confident on land and can travel considerable distances. It feeds mainly on fish and reptiles, and can attack large ungulate animals on the shore of a reservoir. People are attacked very rarely. Swamp crocodile itself can become prey to a tiger, combed crocodile

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