Predator vs Prey, April 17, 2024, Nat Geo Wild UK, “Crocodile”

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The episode “Crocodile” of the documentary series Predator vs Prey, airing on National Geographic Wild UK on Wednesday 17 April, looks into the hunting strategies and behaviors of crocodiles. These fearsome predators are masters of ambush, patiently lying in wait to strike at unsuspecting prey.

Crocodiles, with their powerful jaws and agile bodies, are well-adapted for hunting. They lurk beneath the surface near the water’s edge, waiting for potential prey to stop for a drink. With a sudden burst of speed, they explode from the water, grasping their victim and dragging them back into the depths.

The episode will explore the patient tactics employed by crocodiles as they stalk their prey. It will showcase their ability to remain motionless for hours, days, or even weeks, waiting for the perfect moment to attack.

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Crocodiles are opportunistic feeders, consuming a variety of prey, including fish, birds, mammals, and reptiles. They are apex predators and are known for their aggressive nature.

The Nile crocodile, one of the largest crocodilian species, can grow to impressive sizes, with some specimens exceeding 20 feet in length and weighing over 2,000 pounds. They inhabit freshwater environments in Africa, particularly in sub-Saharan regions, and are considered dangerous to humans, with hundreds of attacks reported each year.

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The episode will also highlight the social nature of crocodiles, as they share basking spots and food sources. Their hierarchy is determined by size, with large, old males dominating the group.

“Crocodile” promises to offer fascinating insights into the hunting strategies and behaviors of these ancient predators.

Predator vs Prey airs on National Geographic Wild UK at 9:00 PM on Wednesday, April 17, 2024.

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