Crocodiles are eaten by large cats, such as jaguars, leopards and lions. Anacondas and large lizard species also consume crocodiles. Hatchlings and young crocodiles are frequently eaten by large birds, such as heron.Continue Reading
Depending on the stage of its life and its size, the crocodile has different predators. Baby crocodiles are most at risk of being eaten. They are often taken by egrets, eagles and other birds of prey. Young crocodiles are consumed by predatory fish, snakes and lizards living in the same environment. Due to predators, approximately only two percent of baby crocodiles reach maturity.
As crocodiles hatch, they produce a high-pitched chirping sound that alerts their mothers. A mother scoops up her young in her mouth and carries them to the water. As they grow, they use this same noise to alert the mother they are in danger or are being attacked by another animal. Carnivorous mammals such as wild pigs and hyenas kill and eat crocodiles if the reptiles are small enough. Crocodiles occasionally turn to cannibalism and eat each other in order to survive.
Though they do not eat crocodiles, elephants are known to frequently kill crocodiles to protect their young. Humans also eat crocodiles. Many people living in regions around crocodile habitats hunt crocodiles as a source of meat.Learn more about Crocodiles
Only some of the largest predators in Africa, such as lions, hyenas, leopards and crocodiles, hunt and eat giraffes, and even then, they typically target either young or very old giraffes. A healthy adult giraffe is an incredibly large animal, weighing up to 4,250 pounds, that can run quickly and deliver devastating attacks with its hooves. The males, called bulls, are substantially larger than the females.Full Answer >
Female crocodiles lay approximately 35 to 50 eggs, with some laying up to 90 eggs at a time, around late June or early July after they have finished building a nest made from vegetation to support and house the eggs. The nests can measure anywhere from 7 to 10 feet in diameter with a height of approximately 2 to 3 feet. The eggs are then incubated in the nest for approximately 90 days with vegetation covering them to protection them and to maintain a certain temperature and environmental conditions.Full Answer >
There are crocodiles found in Florida, but only in the southern part. However, the American crocodile species, the biggest of all crocodile species, is endangered and has a small population in Florida relative to its numbers in Central America, the upper part of South America and the Caribbean.Full Answer >
Saltwater crocodiles are endangered because of habitat loss and human activities, such as illegal hunting and poaching. Saltwater crocodiles have few natural predators, but draw attention from humans for their meat, eggs and skin. Competition for space with human communities and their tendency to attack people in their territories also make saltwater crocodiles targets for kills by humans.Full Answer >