Nile Crocodile

Nile Crocodile

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.


One of the three species of crocodile found in Africa, the Nile crocodile is the second largest crocodile in the world, reaching a typical adult length of 5 metres (16.4 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 5 metres (16.4 feet), weighing around 410 kg (900 lb). However, specimens measuring 6 metres (19.6 feet) in length and weighing 900 kg (2,000 lb) are not uncommon.



IUCN Red List (September, 2014)


At the zoo

We are home to a large group of some 32 juvenile Nile crocodiles.

Our Nile crocodiles came to us in July 2012 from La Ferme aux Crocodiles in Pierrelatte, France.


Some of the more noticeable members of the group include: Turbo – so named for his speed and uncanny knack of getting to food first, Sneaky – as the name suggests, a smaller and more elusive individual, Tiny – who was initially separated from the main group after falling behind in development, but is happily now in good physical condition and will soon by entirely undeserving of his nickname, and Lucy – a very intelligent individual who has been trained to follow the instructions of Shaun and the zookeeper team.



  • Hugo Borys
  • Joey Perry
  • Noah Hodder
  • Alphedia Kenchington
  • Max Bashfield
  • Pete Flemming
  • Aaron Mukherjee-Sharma

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