Saturday, March 6, 2010
Camera Critters: Nile Crocodile
The Nile Crocodiles (Crocodylus niloticus) at Hagenbecks Tierpark are fed a few times a week and they have to work for their food.
It's impressive to see them snap at the fish, the sound of their jaws snapping close it really loud and you just know that you never want to be on the wrong end of such a snap. They can rise from the water with 2/3 of their body without any problems.
Nile Crocodiles can bite down with a force of up to 5000 pounds, but the muscles that open their jaws are weak and can be held shut comparatively easily. A group of crocodiles is called a float, by the way.
See more animals at the Camera Critters meme - today it's the 100th CC!