Nile Crocodile Standing Up
Caption: Nile Crocodile (Crocodylus niloticus) stands up on its legs from a lying position before entering the water, Nyamithi Pan, Ndumo Game Reserve, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa.
Camera: Canon EOS 450D (Canon Rebel XSi 12.2MP); Lens: Canon EF70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS USM; Focal Length: 210mm; Shutter speed: 1/160; Aperture: f8; ISO: 800; 29 July 2009, 4.55pm.
An adult Nile crocodile can weigh 500 to 600 kilograms (1,100 to 1,300 lbs)and a large one, when standing on all fours, will reach up to man’s waist.
It’s worth remembering though that there are numerous myths and legends about crocodiles, and their size, in particular, is often exaggerated. To find out more about these fascinating and dangerous reptiles, read Roddy Smith’s article, Nile Crocodile – Stranger than Fiction. See also our previous blog post, Nile Crocodile with Jaws Open.
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