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Daily Images – Crocodile hatchlings eat insects and small aquatic invertebrates, and quickly graduate to amphibians, reptiles, and birds. But even as an adult, a significant portion of a Nile crocodile’s diet is fish and other small vertebrates. However adult crocodiles prefer to consume larger prey to conserve energy. In the absence of large prey, they gradually have to move onto smaller prey. Nile crocodiles have a very broad diet and can potentially eat nearly any animal that comes to take a drink at the edge of the water. The most frequently recorded mammalian prey taken by Nile crocodiles are waterbuck, sitatunga, lechwe, wildebeest, zebra, warthog, goats, sheep and cattle. Other crocodiles, including their own species have been recorded to be eaten. Cape buffalo and giraffes have also been taken. Lions have occasionally been taken, and there is at least one record of a group of crocodiles killing a female rhinocerous in the Tana river.

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