Watch This Enormous Elephant Flick Off a Biting Crocodile Like Its a Pesky Fly

Written by Sharon Parry
Updated: August 30, 2023
© Msumza
Share this post on:


Listen to Article

Key Points:

  • Crocodiles have very little chance of taking down a fit, adult elephant – but that doesn’t stop them from trying!
  • Animals as large as hippos and zebras are prey for crocodiles hunting alone or in groups.
  • The annual migrations of animals are opportunities for crocodiles to indulge in a feast when hundreds of animals are in the water at the same time.

A crocodile literally bites off more than it can chew. In the below clip, we get to see what happens when a crocodile misjudges the size of dinner and ends up with nothing!

Should Elephants Fear Crocodiles?

This extraordinary event was captured at the Kruger National Park in Africa. Here, both the crocodile and elephant are native species.

It is not unusual for a crocodile to attack animals that are crossing a river. Crocs get quite a feast during animal migrations when there can be hundreds of potential prey in the water at one time. You can sometimes see crocodiles working together to bring down larger prey but this does not include elephants.

8,257 People Couldn't Ace This Quiz

Think You Can?
Animal Facts: Elephants
Fit adult elephants are rarely targeted by crocodiles

©Roger de la Harpe/

Very young, old, injured, or sick elephants may be overcome by a crocodile. There are also reports of Crocs grabbing elephant trunks. However, a lone croc has virtually no chance of dragging a fit, adult elephant under the water let alone achieving a death roll. Elephants are huge! They can weigh up to 12,000 pounds and stand 12 feet high! You will see that as soon as the larger animal reaches dry land, the croc knows that the game is up and releases its grip before it gets trampled!

What Do Crocodiles Usually Eat?

World's Scariest Animal: Nile Crocodile
Nile crocodiles are carnivores that feed on fish and large mammals. The croc above is feasting on an impala.

©Mari Swanepoel/

Nile crocodiles are found in several locations in Africa and can grow up to 20 feet in length. You will find them throughout sub-Saharan Africa and the Nile basin. They are carnivores so they need to catch other animals to survive. Their hunting method is to lurk around in the water looking like a partially submerged log! Then, when prey passes them, they lunge at it and bite with incredible force.

Their diet is made up of fish and large mammals. They will work as a team to trap fish in one location before eating them. When it comes to larger prey, they target zebra, antelope, hippos, and buffalo. They will not turn their noses up at animals that have been killed by other predators and are willing to steal food from other animals too!

Watch the Action-Packed Video Below!

Share this post on:
About the Author

Sharon has a Ph.D. in Public Health but has spent the last decade researching and writing about all things connected with animal health and well being. As a life-long animal lover, she now shares her family home with three rabbits, a Syrian hamster, and a very energetic Cocker Spaniel but in the past she has also been a Mom to Guinea Pigs and several cats!She has a passion for researching accurate and credible information about pets and reviewing products that make pet owners' lives a bit easier. When she isn't checking out new pet products she's trekking around the Welsh mountains and beaches with her dog - although she lets her husband and her three grown up daughters tag along sometimes if they are lucky!

Thank you for reading! Have some feedback for us? Contact the AZ Animals editorial team.