I really like crocodiles and animals with strange names, so when I found out about a crocodile called a mugger, I wanted to learn more about them.
Here are five interesting facts about them:
- These large crocodiles grow up to 4.5 metres long, with males being larger than females.
- Muggers are ambush predators, waiting in the water or occasionally on land for their prey to come past. They mainly eat fish, frogs, reptiles, birds, squirrels, monkeys, otters and sometimes deer.
- They are clever hunters and have been seen putting sticks and twigs on their long noses during nesting season so that they can catch birds when they come down to get them. This makes them one of the few reptiles that uses tools.
- At breeding time, female muggers lay between 10-48 eggs in nests that they dig in the sand. When the eggs hatch, the females help to carry the little babies to the water.
- Muggers are found in calm freshwater lakes, ponds and marshes in India, Iran, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka. They are no longer hunted, but are still considered vulnerable to extinction due to habitat loss.
I hope that you found these facts interesting and learned something new.
Are there any other interesting facts that you would like to share about muggers?