Despite their monstrous appearance, Nile crocodiles engage in surprisingly delicate courtship rituals. Males arch their backs in impressive displays, snapping at the water and blowing bubbles to attract the female’s attention. They reciprocate with subtle rubs along his jaw bone to stimulate mating. A few months later, the female begins her 90 day vigil at her buried nest site. Once the eggs hatch, she will gently gather her young in her bone-crushing jaws and deliver them to the next treacherous stage of their lives.
Episode Length: 00:07:00