Cheetahs may be the world’s fastest land animal capable of reaching speeds of up to 70 mph but that’s not much help when they are right next to a giant croc and don’t realize it! There is an enormous crocodile lurking in the murky water at this watering hole. We don’t know it is there at the start of this clip and, more importantly, neither does the cheetah! In a flash, this huge reptile launches itself out of the water and seizes the big cat. Scroll down to watch the full video of this deadly hunting technique.
What Do Nile Crocodiles Normally Eat?
An adult Nile crocodile will eat almost anything that moves. As far as they are concerned, any animal that ventures to the water’s edge to take a drink is fair game. They are one of the few animals that feed on lions and as we see here, are quite capable of taking down a cheetah.
In terms of large terrestrial (land-living) animals, these crocs also target water buck, giraffes, younger hippos and wild dogs. They are looking for a large meal and can eat 20 percent of their own body weight in one sitting! In between large kills they snack on fish, frogs and crabs.
How to Nile Crocodiles Capture Prey?
What we see in this clip is a masterclass on how to hunt from the water! These guys have perfected the art of stealthy underwater swimming. The cheetah is being alert yet still has no idea that the croc is approaching under the water until it is too late.
Once the croc is withing striking range, they launch themselves at the prey with great power. They are able to lunge several times their own body length so this cheetah was well within striking range. The attack on this cheetah looks like a fatal bite to the neck which will have caused a nasty injury. However, the croc is actually aiming to drag the wild cat under the water so that it drowns. The next step for this unfortunate cheetah is to be dismembered and swallowed!
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