Scientific Name: Crocodylus niloticus
Common Names: Nile Crocodile
Maximum adult length: 5 metres (16.4 feet)
N.B. Exceptionally large specimens can be found in all species of crocodilian.
The iconic crocodile found in Africa, the Nile crocodile is the second largest crocodile in the world, reaching a typical adult length of 4.5 metres (14.7 feet). The Nile crocodile is quite widespread throughout sub-Saharan Africa, the Nile Basin, and Madagascar in rivers, freshwater marshes, and mangrove swamps. On average the Nile crocodile is between 4 metres (13.1 feet) to 4.5 metres (14.7 feet), weighing around 410 kg (900 lb). However, specimens measuring 5 metres (16.4 feet) in length and weighing 600 kg (1,300 lb) can occasionally be seen. Nile crocodiles are found along the eastern and southern regions of Africa. The population in the West of the continent are now recognised as a separate crocodile species, the West African Crocodile (Crocodylus suchus).