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Nile crocodile. (Wiki image.)

The Nile Crocodile, world's second-biggest species of crocodilian and king of African rivers:

vs. the Lion, king of beasts. Who will win the face-off?


The Nile crocodile (Crocodylus niloticus) is an African crocodile and the second largest extant reptile in the world, after the saltwater crocodile. The Nile crocodile is quite widespread throughout Sub-Saharan Africa, occurring mostly in the central, eastern, and southern of the continent and lives in different types of aquatic environments such as lakes, rivers and marshlands. Although capable of living in saline environments, this species is rarely found in saltwater, but occasionally inhabits deltas and brackish lakes. The range of this species once stretched northward throughout the Nile, as far north as the Nile delta. On average the Nile crocodile is between 4.1 metres (13 ft) to 5 metres (16 ft), weighing around 410 kg (900 lb).

However, specimens measuring 6.1 metres (20 ft) in length and weighing 900 kg (2,000 lb) have been recorded.

They have thick scaly skin that is heavily armored.


A lion is eating by the river′s edge in the Masai Mara national park, when a male Nile crocodile emerges from the water, intent on stealing the meal. Upon seeing that, the lion roars at the reptile to back off; but he does little than a loud hiss from the Nile crocodile. The big cat attacks but cannot land a deadly blow because of the crocodile′s thick armor.

The lion then tries to flip the crocodile to reach his unarmored belly, but a roll and tail swipe stop him from doing so. Determined to end the lion′s stubbornness, the crocodile heads back to the water, and goes out of sight. Determined to protect his meal, the lion stays close to the water′s edge, looking for an opportunity to kill the croc. However, the reptile launches a surprise attack on the lion, grabbing his neck and dragging him to the water. The croc performs a death roll; this kills the lion at once. His curiosity killed the cat.