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Once the prey has been captured, it is dealt with as quickly and efficiently as possible to prevent it from escaping, and also from fighting back! The mud crab being eaten in the photograph is in the process of being manipulated to move it closer to the back of the mouth where the shorter, stubby teeth are used in conjunction with the nutcracker-like jaws to split open the prey. The crocodile will do this several times, and don't believe anyone who tells you that crocodiles never chew their prey! If it's large enough to be crushed, they will crush it repeatedly until it's broken up or soft enough to be swallowed. Of course, prey items clearly don't want to get themselves eaten by a crocodile, and will often do everything they can to escape or even fight back as a last resort. Even large crocs, which are often thought of as being invincible, will sometimes face the brunt of an attack by an angry adult buffalo or bull elephant. Big crocs have been kicked, thrown, mauled and even killed by such massively powerful animals. Unless the croc gets that fatal bite in as soon as possible, it better watch out.
But it's not only large prey which can put up a fight. Even this tenacious mud crab, in the picture above, is giving this saltwater crocodile a hard time! The croc simply wasn't fast enough or agile enough to pick up the mud crab, and it paid the price by receiving a painful pinch on the lower mandible. The mud crab has extremely powerful claws, and a good pinch can make even a crocodile think twice. The above pinch enabled the crab to detach its claw and scurry off towards the water, while the crocodile busied itself trying to rub the still pinching claw off on the ground. Unfortunately for the crab, it wasn't fast enough either! The crocodile whirled around and picked the crafty crustacean up before it made good its escape. A few crunches later, and it was all over.
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