Close up Females watch the nests Weighing for dietary purposes Regulating body temperature Click thumbnail to enlarge Photo by Anita de Villiers Photo by Anita de Villiers Tea Garden Crocodile leather products One of the new croc dams The new Information Centre Can be used for functions. Fuen Rakwena Crocodile Farm For a tour of the crocodile breeding pens, contact Sandra on 015-575-1425 Crocodilus nilotikus (Nile Crocodile) Crocodile leather handbags Info Mating: The male attracts the female by making under water sounds and giving off a musky aroma. The male mounts the female and wraps his tail around hers. Mating occurs  under water. Nesting : Unlike some crocodiles, Nile crocodiles do not build nests but lay eggs in an excavation dug into the sand on the edge of a river or lake. The female guards the nest for the 3 months the eggs need to hatch. Eggs: The number of eggs depends on the size of the female but normal clutches range from 30 - 45 eggs. They are laid together once a year in October or November. On the farm the eggs are removed and placed, for better control, in an incubator. When about to hatch, baby crocodiles make a high pitched call and then crack the shell with a temporary "egg-tooth" on the tip of the snout. Sex determination: The temperature of incubation determines the sex of the crocodiles. Temperature between 26ºC and 30ºC produces mostly females and between 30ºC and 33ºC produces mostly males. About 5 meter long Photo by courtesy of  Anita de Villiers * Pictures are protected by copyright laws. At present we have around 15,000 crocodiles on the farm.