The mugger crocodile also called marsh, or broad-snouted crocodile is a crocodilian native to freshwaters. Moreover, this reptile is a proud owner of the broadest snout of all crocodiles! However, looking more like an alligator, this predator has a rounded snout. But, did you know our friend has only two predators? Feared only by other crocodiles and tigers, the mugger doesn’t have much to worry about.
Where can we find the mugger?
Found in India, this crocodile occurs in Sri Lanka, Iran, Pakistan, and Nepal. Moreover, it inhabits freshwater lakes, rivers, and marshes. However, it is also adapted to reservoirs, human-made ponds, irrigation canals, and coastal saltwater lagoons. Finally, our friend feels the best in shallow water no more than 15 feet deep. Also, it loves burying itself into the mud, avoiding the hot Indian sun. Pretty clever, right?
How does the mugger look?
Like its most relatives, this crocodile has a flat head with eyes, ears, and nose on the top. Peeking just a little from the water, our predator can see everything, yet not be seen. Although it has webbed feet, they are not used for swimming. The strong, flat tail, on the other hand, is. Finally, an adult can grow between 6 to 11 feet, and weigh up to 430 pounds.
Diet and hunting.
As a carnivore, the mugger will eat almost anything it catches. Thus, the prey will include fish, snakes, turtles, birds, and dogs. Moreover, it even hunts for monkeys, squirrels, and rodents. Naturally, our friend also has no problem with scavenging dead animals as well. Finally, some species were even observed killing and eating a python and pangolin!
Mugger crocodiles are polygynous, one male mating with more than one female. Breeding occurs from February to April. When the female finds the right place for nesting, she will use it probably during the whole year. Thus, after a gestation of 30 days, our mother will lay 10 to 48 eggs in the nest. After incubation of 55 to 75 days and hatching, some of the parents will take the eggs to nearby water. Finally, young crocodiles will stay in organized groups with adults for a year.
Did you know the scientific name of the mugger crocodile means “crocodile of the marsh”?
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