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African Crocodile

African Crocodile
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Copyright: Sujoy Bhawal (sujoybhawal) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 70 W: 0 N: 406] (2181)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2012-02-25
Categories: Reptiles
Camera: Canon 7D
Exposure: f/7.1, 1/500 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2012-04-12 8:39
Viewed: 4093
Points: 28
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This is from my Botswana game drive. The picture was taken during a river game drive. The boat went very near to the croc and with mouth wide open it was a real challenge to ensure that the boat doesn't rock and take a good shot. I hope you all like this and thanks for standing by.

Crocodiles are tropical reptiles. They are thick skinned and lizard-like in shape. Adult crocodiles grow to between 2.5 m and 4.2 m. The African crocodile is recognisable by its narrow snout. It has three or four rows of protective scales on the back of its neck, which merge with the scales on its back (other members of the Crocodylus genus have only two rows of scales). The fourth tooth of the African crocodile’s lower jaw sits outside the crocodile’s lips even when its mouth is closed.
Crocodiles are found primarily in freshwater rivers that have dense vegetation cover. They can also be found in large lakes. Crocodiles are most at home in the water, but are able to travel on land.
Crocodiles are carnivores. They use their sharp teeth for catching and holding their prey. Their diet is thought to consist primarily of fish and small aquatic invertebrates. Young crocodiles feed on worms and insects. While adults eat frogs, tadpoles, and opportunistically on larger prey if it becomes available including humans.
The African crocodile is generally not found in groups, except during the onset of the breeding season. At the onset of the rainy season female crocodiles construct nests out of plant matter on the banks of rivers, although breeding occurs year-round. Female African crocodiles lay between 13 to 27 eggs about a week after they have finished building their nests.

The female remains close to the nest for the 110 day incubation period, but does not defend it quite as ferociously as many other species of crocodile. Once the eggs begin to hatch, and the hatchlings emit their characteristic chirping, the female breaks open the nest to assist in the hatching process. Predators of the hatchlings include the soft-shelled turtle, but most young African crocodiles survive to maturity.
Although the African crocodile does not have many natural predators, the crocodile population is declining due to over-hunting by man. Areas where the crocodile population is severely depleted, if not entirely wiped out include Angola, Chad, The Gambia, Guinea-Bissau, Nigeria, Senegal, Zambia, Congo and Togo. The largest population stronghold exists in Gabon. Habitat destruction has also contributed to the population depletion.
Poorly-enforced protection exists for the remaining populations, although some countries allow regulated hunting. Before significant action can be taken in conserving the crocodile population, studies on ecology, population dynamics and status need to be undertaken – which is difficult in areas subject to political instability.

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OMG Sujoy - very disturbing image. I am scared. [:(] - BTW, good shot, with perfect depth bringing out the abyss, ONLY! [:D]

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2012-04-12 8:45]

Hi Sujoy.
Fantastic shot. You have used short telelens only. Unbelievable. Amazing timing and scene at whole. DOF is great. Details and sharpness of the FG are superb and BG is blurred nicely. Well done and TFS.

Hello Sujoy,
What an excellent shot of this crocodile and I'm sure it must have been a challenge. I like crocodiles but then I must be on land and they must be in the water. And this one sure is a big one. Very well done and tfs.

well taken picture from a great POV. great sharpness and colour.

hello Sujoy
great sharpness picture with good details and lovely naturel colours
thanks greeting lou

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2012-04-12 11:39]

Hello Sujoy,
Excellent photo of this open mouth taken from a frontal POV. Good sharpness and beautiful natural colours. Great DOF.

If you have some time please look at my photos of crocks from Ethiopia.

Ciao Sujoy, fantastic portrait of terifyc creature, splendid sharpness and wonderful details, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio

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  • pegos Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 222 W: 0 N: 356] (1982)
  • [2012-04-12 12:10]

Hello Sujoy,
splendid capture of this beauty with excellent sharpness and great POV; nice ambientation and perfect light. Very well done!

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  • pirate Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 799 W: 152 N: 1186] (7474)
  • [2012-04-12 12:51]

Hi sujoy
Lovely low pov and perfect central compo
Like it

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2012-04-12 14:34]

What a timing to take the crocodile face to face and whit the open mouth,and what a beautiful result talking about sharpness,colors and perspective,i like it!Have a nice day and thanks,Luciano

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  • aruntp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 590 W: 1 N: 357] (5379)
  • [2012-04-12 22:43]

excellent wild life photography. nicely framed. good work. tfs.

Hello Sujoy
Great capture from a frontal POV and great timing also.Beautiful natural colors and sharp details.
Thank You,
Best regards


Well composed pic showing excellent detail, sharpness and low POV.

Bonjour Sujoy,
Tout simplement IMPRESSIONNANT !!!
A bientôt sur TN pour de nouvelles aventures.

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