Crocodile of the Nile
The average length of the adult is of 4 meters but one could observe certain individuals who exceeded the 7 meters as that which was named “Gustave” in Burundi.
Biology and ecologyIt is in very diversified habitats: lakes, rivers, marsh of fresh water or brackish water.
The range of its preys is very varied and depends on the size of the animal, young people nourishing watery Invertébré S and of Insecte S, largest of Poisson S, of Amphibien S and Reptile S. Exceptionnellement, they can attack Antilope S, Buffle S or young people Hippopotame S.
Their reputation of man-eaters is not unfounded and, although one does not know with precision the figure of his victims, one estimates at a hundred the number of died or missings who can be to him charged.
ProtectionAll the populations are registered with the Annexe I of Quote except the populations of the following countries which are registered with the appendix II: South Africa, Botswana, Ethiopia, Kenya, Madagascar, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, Uganda, Tanzania (subjected to an annual quota of export of step more than 1.600 wild specimens, including the hunting trophies, in addition to the specimens of ranches), Zambia and Zimbabwe.
The total staff complements are estimated from 250.000 to 500.000 individuals. Surchasse it was the object during part of the 20th century is at the origin of the reduction of its manpower. Since, the programs of protection succeeded rather well and manpower of the species are in rise in many countries and its surface of distribution increased.
- Site in English devoted to the crocodiles.
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