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THE DARK SIDE OF CROCS

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Africa's largest crocodilian, the Nile crocodile, can reach up to 20 foot and weigh up to 1,650 pounds. These fearsome crocodiles mostly live on plentiful catfish stocks in the Katuma river but will attack anything that crosses their path. However, these aggressive creatures also display a strong maternal instinct when it comes to protecting their young. This documentary reveals two fascinating sides to this primordial creature.

Mother crocodiles must juggle the responsibility of guarding their eggs with transporting new hatchlings to the water. Leaving the nest unguarded, she will gently pick up her newly hatched babies in her huge jaws and ferry them to the water. However, the unattended eggs then become an easy target for monitor lizards and raptors. Once in the water, the hatchlings are far from safe and the young crocodiles become an easy source of food for other crocodiles and the eagles that nest by the river.

The crocodiles share the water with hippo pods and the female hippos are also protective mothers. They must ensure that their babies don't get in the way of fighting males as they can be badly injured. Bloody fighting between male hippos happens often and can result in fatal injury. However, death allows these creatures the chance to display protective behaviour as they face off predators keen to feast on the remains of the departed.

Stunning footage in The Dark Side of Crocs reveals both crocodiles and hippos, primarily known for their aggressive behaviour, both have capacity for tenderness.

Programme Information

Format:
HD
Aspect Ratio:
16:9
Episodes:
1
Duration:
60 Mins
Year of Production:
2016
Category:
Specials
Genre(s):
Wildlife

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