Crocodile Pictures

Crocodile pictures showing the reptile actually catching something are rare but this one looks like it might tackle the Egyptian goose that is walking past it.

Actually, after I snapped this crocodile picture the goose waded around happily in that area for awhile, ignoring the set of sharp teeth only a few feet away.

But the goose instinctively knows that a crocodile which you can see and that is out of the water is not much of a threat. It's the one you can't see because it is just below the surface of the water waiting for its chance to strike that you need to really worry about.

Ok, I'm the first to admit it. Getting good pictures of crocodile where they don't look like the stump of a tree lying around or floating in the water can be tricky.

And because waterholes and rivers in African National Parks tend to be reasonably far from the road you miss what otherwise would have made great crocodile photos.

I have seen an elephant chase a croc into the water and another time the reptiles were catching catfish in plain view because the waterhole was drying out due to a drought. Would've loved to get pics of that but in both cases it was too far for the 400mm zoom lens that I have on my camera.

So the best way to get decent photos on your safari is to find a waterhole that is close to the road where crocodiles have been spotted before and then visit it regularly on the chance that one of the reptiles will be lying in the sun at a distance that will make for good photography.

Crocodile Basking


You will see crocodiles on most safaris that you go on in Africa because they are so adaptable. Just don't go into the water unless the visibility is excellent because there is never one very far away and it could be a short swim for you.

Baby Crocodile


Baby crocodiles have a struggle to reach maturity and only about three out of five hundred will run the gauntlet of predators and illness to reach adulthood. But once they do there is not much to threaten them.

large Crocodile


To get crocodile pictures of the largest individuals just find a favourable wetland habitat with a regular food supply. There have been reports of seven meter (23 ft) specimens in those environments weighing up to 700 kg (1500 lbs).

Floating Crocodile

Nile Crocodile

The name is a bit of a misnomer because there are no crocodiles to be found in the Nile. They are extinct there but they do occur in most of Africa south of the Sahara desert. Due to severe hunting of the species it was threatened with extinction but a ban has caused their numbers to grow.