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
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.
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. There are between 4000 - 5000 eggs
layed every year.
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.
The skins are exported to Europe and Eastern Countries where they are further cured
for production of shoes, jackets, handbags etc.
For a tour of the crocodile breeding pens, contact Sandra on0155759946 or015-575-1425
Crocodilus nilotikus (Nile Crocodile) We have between 15 000 - 18000 crocs on Rakwena at any given time, throughout the year.