Have you seen the crocodile eating large prey yet?
In this article we will introduce you the pictures of the crocodile. This is the incredible moment that a crocodile shows the world what it can do with its prey once it locks its jaws on.
The image shows Smaug the Crocodile as he leaps up out of the water and into the air with the wallaby firm in his jaws. Dr Adam Britton captured Smaug the crocodile tearing apart a wallaby.
Crocodiles or true crocodiles are large aquatic reptiles that live throughout the tropics in Africa, Asia, the Americas and Australia.
What are crocodile prey?
Crocodiles are carnivores, which mean they eat only meat. In the wild, they feast on fish, birds, frogs and crustaceans. At the zoo, they eat small animals that have already been killed for them, such as rats, fish or mice.
They occasionally eat large animals such as kangaroos, crocodiles, zebras, gazelles and even humans.
How many species of crocodiles in the world?
A total of 14 extant species have been recognized: American crocodile,Slender-snouted crocodile, Orinoco crocodile, Freshwater crocodile, Philippine crocodile, Morelet’s crocodile, Nile crocodile, New Guinea crocodile, Mugger crocodile, Saltwater crocodile, Cuban crocodile, Siamese crocodile, West African crocodile, Dwarf crocodile.
The five-metre long crocodile holds nothing back as he tosses the wallaby around. ‘In order to take something much larger, like a wallaby, you’ve got to break it first. So what it will do is manipulate it in its mouth until he’s got the tail. Then he will flip his head like a whip and the power that this generates is so much it rips the wallaby in two,’ Dr Britton told Daily Mail Australia.
This is because smaller pieces of meat are easier for the crocodile to handle. Smaug’s diet usually consists of chickens. But it’s the bigger animals that Smaug really enjoys.
Dr Britton said: ‘I think he really enjoys taking out something that is much larger.’ One of the reasons that crocodiles are given larger prey is to make them work to eat their food.
It is good for a crocodile’s jaw and keeps them strong. Dr Britton was four or five metres away when he snapped the picture of Smaug eating the wallaby at the Big Gecko facility just outside of Darwin.
Smaug has been classed as a celebrity long before these pictures hit the world. Dr Britton originally got Smaug when the BBC’s natural history unit in the UK were producing a new documentary series with David Attenborough titled Life In Cold Blood.
Source: Daily Mail, BBC News