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Malagasy Nile Crododile

Malagasy Nile Crododile
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Copyright: Peter van Zoest (PeterZ) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2003-07-31
Categories: Reptiles
Camera: nikon f 50, AF Nikkor 70-210, Fuji Sensia 100
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2011-08-19 8:20
Viewed: 4781
Points: 68
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
An oldy from my archive. It’s taken in the pre-digital period in 2003. It’s a scanned slide.
I was very close to the crocodile. The photo isn’t cropped.

Crocodilus niloticus, the Nile crocodile, is found in freshwater habitats in Madagascar. This species was once widely abundant and greatly feared in the country but years of hunting for its skins has made it a threatened species.

Crocodylus is derived from the Greek krokodeilos which means literally "pebble worm" (kroko = pebble; deilos = worm, or man) referring to the appearance of a crocodile.
Niloticus means "of the Nile" (Nile River, Africa)

Given the wide distribution range, a number of population differences have been observed, and several subspecies proposed. These are rarely differentiated in the literature, however, and they are not officially recognised.

Suggested subspecies: C. n. africanus (East African Nile crocodile), C. n. chamses (West African Nile crocodile), C. n. corviei (South African Nile crocodile), C. n. madagascariensis (Malagasy Nile crocodile, Malagasy alligator, Croco Mada), C. n. niloticus (Ethiopian Nile crocodile), C. n. pauciscutatus (Kenyan Nile crocodile, Kenya alligator, Kenya caiman), C. n. suchus (Central African Nile crocodile)

Wide habitat preferences, reflecting their success and distribution- e.g. lakes, rivers, freshwater swamps, brackish water. Sub-adults disperse into different habitats, away from breeding areas, when they reach a length of approximately 1.2 m. Nile crocodiles modify their habitat by digging dens (usually with their snouts and feet) into which they retreat from adverse conditions such as temperature extremes.

Considerable variation exists throughout the range of the Nile crocodile. Generally, it is a large crocodilian, averaging 5 m in length but reportedly reaching 6 m in rare instances. There is some evidence that Nile crocodiles in cooler countries (eg. South Africa) reach slightly smaller adult sizes (4 m). There are two known population of dwarf Nile crocodiles living on the extreme limits of the species' range, in Mali and even the Sahara Desert! Due to suboptimal conditions, adults average between 2 and 3 metres. Juveniles are dark olive brown with black cross-banding on the tail and body. This banding becomes fainter in adults. Total no. of teeth = 64-68.

Although the juveniles are generally restricted to eating small aquatic invertebrates and insects, they soon move onto larger vertebrates (fish, amphibians and reptiles). Adults, however, can potentially take a wide range of large vertebrates, including antelope, buffalo, young hippos, and large cats. Fish and smaller vertebrates often form the greatest part of their diet, however. As with C. porosus, they have a reputation as being man-eaters, although probably kill more people than all other crocodilian species combined. Along with hippos and lions, crocodiles account for perhaps a few hundred deaths and disappearances each year, although exact figures are very hard to verify. Nile crocodiles will also often scavenge from carcasses, together with a number of other animals, all of which seem to tolerate each others' presence. They have a rather well-known relationship with several species of birds which are reputed to pick pieces of meat from between the teeth of the crocodiles as they gape - the birds gain a meal, the crocodiles have their teeth cleaned of scraps they could not eat themselves.

This species digs hole nests up to 50cm deep in sandy banks, several metres from the water. These may be in close proximity to other nests. Timing of nesting behaviour varies with geographic location - it takes place during the dry season in the north, but at the start of the rainy season further south, usually from November through to the end of December. Females reach sexual maturity around 2.6 m, males at around 3.1 m. Females lay around 40 to 60 eggs in the nest, although this number is quite variable between different populations. Females remain near the nest at all times. Incubation time averages 80 to 90 days (ranges from 70 to 100 days), after which females open the nest and carry the juveniles to the water. Both males and females have been reported to assist hatching by gently cracking open eggs between their tongue and upper palate. Hatchlings remain close to the juveniles for up to two years after hatching, often forming a creche with other females. As with many crocodilians, older juveniles tend to stay away from older, more territorial animals.

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2011-08-19 8:23]

Waaw Peter,what a brave attempt..ehehe...the recklessness of youth..ehehehe....magnificent old pic and fantastic work in digitalisation process,no other comments,the pic ralk himself.Have a nice weekend and thanks for share,Luciano

Hello Peter,
great capture of this crocodile with good sharpness and natural colours. I also like the impressive quality of this digital scan.
Best wishes,

Hello Peter,
Exceptional portrait of a dangerous and unforeseeable Nile crocodile.
Razor sharp details of the skin and eyes, very good clarity and sharpness.
The composition is wonderful.
Thanks for sharing!

hallo Peter
mooie kop met dat geel erin
goed van scherpte en veel details
bedankt groetjes lou
Ik heb weer een ondekking gedaan ,
Zeldzaam in Nederland als hij opvliegt zijn de vleugels helder blauw van kleur
Groetjes lou

Hi Peter,
very nice photo of this crocodile. Excellent sharpness. Many details. Great point of view. Amazing colours.
Thanks for sharing,

Hi Peter,
Excellent photo of this impressive animal!
Good compo and sharp details
Well done

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2011-08-19 9:53]

Hello Peter.
Amazing shot of this Crocodile and excellent focus.The clarity is superb and also the POV.
Best regards Siggi

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  • iti Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 577 W: 0 N: 650] (7939)
  • [2011-08-19 11:33]

Hi Peter,
Very nice portrait of a beautiful and dangerous crocodile.
Excellent detail and focus.
Regards Jiri.

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  • pegos Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 222 W: 0 N: 356] (1982)
  • [2011-08-19 12:12]

Hello Peter,
great shot of this beauty of nature, splendid colors, good sharpness ,excellent point of view and light.

wow, what a picture, congrats Peter for the capture, excellent portrait from this Nile crocodile,

have a nice evening,

ciao, tino

Hi Peter, what a scary looking Croc, you have done very well with the scanning because i have thousands of slides of which many have achieved International Salon standards, but can't get anywhere near the quality of this one of yours, fabulous picture here Peter and very well done,
Best regards,


Hello Peter,
Excellent colours, clear detail, good sharpness for this amazing portrait. I also like beautiful composition, excellent POV, DOF and natural environment. Well done!

Hello Peter,
Excellent shot of this crocodile, very good quality from scanned slide, great details sharpness, nice point of view and beautiful natural colours,
Thanks for sharing and have a nice weekend,
Best Regards,

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  • ana974 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 477 W: 48 N: 968] (4857)
  • [2011-08-19 14:14]

Wow Peter! great shot from your archive! A super work! Great focus and nice POV!
The BG is also amazing! Many congrats and keep posting from your archives!TFS
Regards from,

Buen encuadre y corte de la fotografía. Preciosos colores.
Abrazo Peter: J. Ignasi.

Hello Peter,
It is lovely is not. Superbly illustrated head of the monster. Perfect sharpness, interesting composition.

Hello Peter,
Wow, it's a bit like a vintage shot my friend!... I like a lot de DOF here and the well resolved POW. You've made a good work scanning this shot, the result is very good.
Regards, TFS, I wish a good week end for you!

Right..well not for me thanks..I'm glad someone has the chutzpah to post a wonderful image like this one Peter...it would be you!

Hi Peter,
Great picture. Wow for a scanned slide it turned out amazing. Really looks great, love those teeth and eye. Keep those oldies coming!

Excellent detailed photo. Good point of view.
Lucky escape! regards yiannis

Hello Peter
Impressive photo and impressive quality for a scanned slide. Excellent composition, fantastic colours and good sharpness.

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  • Luis52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1175 W: 8 N: 4240] (15809)
  • [2011-08-20 7:56]

Hola Peter.
Great old photo My friend, just like the good old days. I do have a lot of slides to.
Very interesting and fine image.

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  • cirano Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 997 W: 0 N: 944] (13609)
  • [2011-08-20 15:17]

Hello Peter,
Exceptional capture of this Crocodile with excellent sharpness,colors and splendid details.Great POV,DOF and composition.
Have a nice Sunday!...

Hallo Peter,

zo jij reist ook de hele aardbodem af?
Mooie foto van deze krokodil waarvan ik niet wist dat deze soort bestond.
Goede standpunt en scherpte en detailering.
Practige kleuren.


Ciao Peter. Great caopture. Excellent DOF and management of light. Very good colours. Exciting BG.


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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2011-08-21 5:19]

Hello Peter,
An unusual subject from you and interesting to read that this is a scanned slide. The quality is still preserved. Well taken picture with a good horizontal composition. Love the golden tints of this shot and also the vegetation in front of the crocodile. Makes it look very natural.
kind regards

Ciao Peter, great portraiy of wonderful cocodrile with fine details, perfect focus and splendid sharpness, very well done my friend, have a good Sunday, ciao Silvio

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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2011-08-22 19:28]

Outstanding capture Peter!!
The detail couldn't get any better then this. This is definitely one mean looking dude. Those teeth may not be extremely large, but I can only imagine the destruction they could do to a prey animal.
The colors are simply gorgeous, very true and natural. Excellent DOF and perfect exposure. Awesome shot!!

Hallo Peter,
an impressive portrait of the Malagasy Nile crocodile, perfect focusing and beautiful colours, a superb close composition
Best regards

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2011-08-25 8:11]

Hi Peter,

All your pictures that I missed are wonderful but I had to choose one to comment on and this crocodile won. How could you have gotten so close???? A magnificent capture highlighting the eye, mouth, teeth and skin. The color, shadings, details and composition are superb. I'll be glad to send you some sun and heat - I've had just about all that I can take and we have more than a month to go.


Bonjour Peter,
Agréable publication finement détaillée et délicatement colorée dans une belle lumière et sous un bonne profondeur de champ.
A bientôt sur TN pour de nouvelles aventures.

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  • PeakXV Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 121 W: 0 N: 544] (3135)
  • [2011-09-05 12:23]

Hello Peter,

Fantastic composition of this Nile Croc who appears to be smiling like the butcher's dog. Are all you fingers still accounted for? The vegetation, it's pearly whites, beautifully blurred background & crispness combine to rank this image with the highest of quality!



Peter, this is a great shot of this beautiful croc. Excellent sharpness, detail and POV. Have a great week, Bill

Hello Peter

WOW ! great portrait shot of the Malagasy Nile Crododile, fine POV, beautiful light,
superbly focused with great sharpness and details, and also great contrast,
excellent photo from the film days SLRs, TFS


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