Observing the violent kill between a crocodile and its prey may have you asking yourself, “What do crocodiles eat?” If you are wondering if that crocodiles is capable or interested in eating you, then the answer is definitely yes!
These animals are called ambush hunters. They patiently wait for land animals or fish to come close and then explosively attack. They love to stalk their prey. They have a slow metabolism due to the fact that they are cold blooded and can go very long periods without food. Crocodiles may look like a slow moving creature but they certainly are not. In fact, in their environment, they are top predators and have been know to attack sharks. The only exception to this rule is the wonderful Egyptian Power crocodile that eats parasites that infest their mouths. The crocodile will literally open its jaw and allow a bird to fly in and clean its mouth out without causing it any harm at all.
Quite a few large species of crocodiles will swallow stones to balance their body weight in the water or help to crush their food. Crocodiles will eat fish, birds, hyenas, baboons, lions and pretty much any other animal that makes its way to the water's edge for a drink. What do crocodiles eat? Anything that happens to be thirsty and comes searching for water!
Crocodiles are famous for their underwater sneak approach. When they sense the presence of prey they slowly move towards it, submerging their whole body underwater and swimming towards that direction. When they get close they rise their head up out of the water and lunge forward with their jaws open, clamping them shut on their prey.
Large prey can be dismembered by thrashing and rolling around until there are pieces of flesh separated from the prey's body. In relation to the large prey, the crocodile has a much smaller stomach so they will only eat a bit and then hide the uneaten carcass either underwater or in bushes to feed on later.
Larger crocodiles are greatly affected by weather and eat very little if anything at all during the cold seasons since their metabolism slows down drastically, while smaller species eat fairly regularly all year round. They can easily live for several months without eating since they store a great amount of fat to continuously provide them an adequate energy source.
Crocodiles are an extremely complex reptile. They have a heart with four chambers and a cerebral cortex which is neural tissue in the brain that is used for memory, awareness, attention, thought and consciousness.
Their body is very streamlined which allows them to be dynamic swimmers and their feet even tuck in to make them faster in the water. Also, their feet are webbed, helping them to make sudden turns and initiate swimming.
At the back of their mouths they have a rigid tissue that stops water from entering and their nostrils close when they are submerged. They are unable to stick out their tongue because a membrane holds it in place limiting movement.
Over a short distance, crocodiles can be quite fast, in and out of water. They have very sharp, evolved teeth that they use for tearing flesh and strong muscles in their jaw allowing them to clamp down on something and not let go. Their bite is the strongest of any animal on the planet. A rottweiler has a bite force of 335psi, a great white shark is 400psi and a hyena is 1000psi while a crocodile's bite force is 5000psi. This is what makes them such fascinating, violent killers.