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Crunchy The Croc (52)
|Nile crocodile - Crocodylus niloticus|
My wife and I visited the 'Reptile City' at Mposa, ±20Km from Richards Bay. After we met the owner/keeper, Rob McGeer, we struck up a conversation which eventually led to a special treat. He really went out of his way to accommodate us and to give me the opportunity to photograph some of his animals at close quarters. Snakes, lizards, rodents, birds, crocodiles, and even a highly energetic banded mongoose that continuously wanted to eat my toes and made me dance (Michael Jackson come and learn some moves) of course to the delight of the other visitors. Eventually the ultimate treat was an inside visit to the crocodile pen where I shot these reptiles from ±4m and as you can see on the exif data the focal length is only 115mm. I've posted a workshop which shows Rob with two of his crocs.
This is the largest of the four crocodile species found in Africa and it is the best known of all of the crocodiles. It is feared as a great man-killer.
The snout is long and broad and ends in nostrils which can close underwater. The eyes, ears, and nostrils are found on the same plane on the top of the head, allowing the crocodile to be completely submerged underwater while still being able to see, smell, and hear. The teeth are long and conical. Their short, squat legs end in sharp claws. The skin is rough, scaly, and waterproof. They are cold-blooded and rely on the sun for heat. It has an average life span of 45 years in the wild, 80 in captivity.
Max length: 6.2m from the head to the tip of the tail. Weigh: 325 kg but can reach up to 730 kg.
Found throughout most of Africa, from Egypt to South Africa.
Found in rivers, lakes, waterholes, mangrove swamps, estuaries, and freshwater marshes. During the day they can be found basking along riverbanks with their mouths open. They are social animals.
They feed on animals which come to the water to drink. These include zebras, hippos, wildebeest, and birds, but they feed mainly on catfish. They would seize an animal and drag it underwater until it drowns. It cannot chew, so the prey is stuck underneath a log to rot. They have a slow metabolism.
Sexually mature at 10 years. Breeding season: July. They mate in shallow water and 30-80 eggs are laid in a nest of rotting vegetation. Incubation: 2-3 months. If the nest was below 29.5°C all the hatchlings are female, above 35°C hatchlings are male and in between hatchlings are from either sexes. The parent helps to open the eggs, and carry the babies to the water.
Few predators prey on the Nile crocodile except for other Nile crocodiles and humans. The young are preyed upon by Nile monitor lizards, marabou storks, herons, ibises, turtles, and catfish. Source.
Post Processing was done with Adobe Photoshop Elements 2.0.
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I should have used this methode first (WS picture to illustrate). It's a lot easier than DOS word processesor, and it's visual.
Primary colors: RED GREEN BLUE
Complementary colors: CYAN MAGENTA YELLOW
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|The photo shows Rob McGeer with two of the eight crocodiles in the pen. The one you can see on the posting was lying just to the left of this photo and is about 3.5 metres in length.|
After I took this photo Rob grab the croc, which is lying directly in front of him, by the tail which made the giant disappear, with lightning speed, into the water.