Desert Crocodile Facts!
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.
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.
The YouTube video playlist below contains a video about desert crocodiles also known as West African crocodiles. Details of the videos featured are underneath.
- Desert crocodiles (Crocodylus suchus) in Mauritania by biodeserts