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Nile crocodile entering water

This month's picture of a Nile Crocodile (Crocodylus niloticus) was taken by Hannes Botha, a crocodile biologist working on the Arabie Nile Crocodile Research Project. Hannes is working on a research project regarding the nesting ecology and home range size of Nile crocodiles living in a lake in the Mpumalanga province of South Africa. The project is being run as part of the research programme of the Centre for Wildlife Management at the University of Pretoria. During the study Hannes has obviously had many opportunities to photograph Nile crocodiles in the wild. Hannes writes "This picture was taken with a Pentax MZ-50 camera with a Sigma 70-300 DL lens using Agfa Vista 100 film. It was taken during early morning with the croc wading through the shallow water before entering the lake. This was during the summer rainy season when the lake was at about 102% of capacity and the water had flooded areas not normally under water forcing crocs to walk a long way through really shallow stuff before they could submerge into deeper pools."



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