Massive Cannibal Crocodile Overpowers And Eats A Smaller Croc In Kruger National Park

Cannibal crocodile in South Africa

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Kruger National Park in northeast South Africa near the Mozambique border is home to some of the most spectacular animal species on planet earth.

Visitors to Kruger National Park might catch a glimpse of lions, cheetahs, leopards, Savannah elephants, hippos, buffaloes, zebras, giraffes, hyenas, rhinos, and Nile crocodiles (just to name a few).

The Nile Crocodile is present in 26 countries across the continent of Africa. It is arguably the most famous crocodile species on earth.

They have an incredible bite force of 22 kN (5,000 lbf) but it’s apparently all in the bite force. Humans can supposedly easily hold the mouth of a croc shut as the muscles aren’t as strong at opening, just closing their mouths.

Adult Nile crocs regularly grow up to 14-18 feet long and can weigh up to 2,400 pounds. In this video below from Latest Sightings we see the two ends of the size spectrum.

Cannibal Crocodile Overpowers And Eats Smaller Nile Crocodile

This video was recently featured on Latest Sightings but the video itself was actually from a cannibal crocodile encounter over a year ago. The footage is so surreal it is finding a new audience and taking off again. It’s easy to see why:

For those wondering, cannibalism is relatively common in crocodiles and crocodilian species.

Biologists are unable to point to a specific/lone reason for the existence of cannibalism in crocodiles. But evidence suggests a scarcity of resources (food, water, space, suitable mates) is the most likely trigger of cannibalistic behavior in crocs.

In American alligators, it’s estimated that roughly 7% of all young alligators are eaten by larger gators.

Here is a famous example of crocodile cannibalism that was caught on camera. It is an American Alligator ambushing another gator after hiding in the bushes:

Nature is metal. It’s a croc-eat-croc world out there. All of the trite phrases are applicable here as it’s so difficult to properly describe the shock and awe of seeing a modern-day dinosaur eat another dinosaur.

Photographer Captures Picture Of ‘Biggest Alligator Ever Seen’ Eating Another Gator

The image shows an alligator about the size of a Great White shark munching on a juvenile alligator like it was an easy snack.

As a Floridian, I joke a lot about ‘never swimming in my backyard’ because I live on a lake but the reality is if there was a gator this size nearby everyone would know it. If there was an alligator this big within five miles of my house I’m sure I would’ve heard about it by now.

That alligator is most likely over 50 years old and from the behavior described above in the IG caption it sounds like all of the other alligators in the area give this one space.

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