Desert Crocodile Facts!


Desert Crocodile Facts!

Specimen in Copenhagen Zoo, thought to be a Nile crocodile until 2014. Image credit: Lars K. Jensen cc2.0

The desert crocodile, also called the west African crocodile, is a distant relative of the Nile crocodile. Though the two are often confused, the desert crocodile has been said to be more docile than the Nile crocodile.

Bust of Sobek, the ancient Egyptian crocodile god. Image credit: Graeme Churchard cc2.0

The ancient Egyptians worshipped a crocodile god named Sobek, associated with power, protection and fertility. They caught and kept crocodiles in pools in his temples. They were fed, covered with jewelry and worshipped. They were even given special burials. When they died, they were mummified and buried in a sacred tomb in their own sarcophagus. Numerous mummified desert crocodiles, and even their eggs, have been found in tombs. It is possible that some Egyptians even kept crocodiles as pets. But the relationship between ancient Egyptians and crocodiles is uncertain, since at times they also hunted it.

Desert Crocodiles are featured in these following books:
25 Desert Animals
101 Facts… Desert Animals
25 Strangest Animals in the World!

The YouTube video playlist below contains a video about desert crocodiles also known as West African crocodiles. Details of the videos featured are underneath.

The Playlist:

  1. Desert crocodiles (Crocodylus suchus) in Mauritania by biodeserts


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