Our Nile crocodiles have been a firm favourite with both the family and our customers. While they may not be the most traditional of farm animals, they are the most effective at their job.

Andy Johnson with the crocodilesPrimarily used for butchery waste disposal, they operate at well over 90% efficiency, which means that the farm and the shop can run a more sustainable and environmentally friendly business, while also working to conserve these endangered animals. If you would like to learn more about our conservation and sustainable farming, visit Our Farm page.

The crocodiles are one of Andy’s great passions, his respect for the animals and what he hopes to achieve with a breeding programme supported by the country’s top experts is ambitious and so far exceeded all expectations.

To find out more about the crocodiles, meet Cuddles, Sherbet and Romeo themselves and find out what got Andy and the family involved with them, check out the events pages for our next crocodile demonstrations. If you can’t wait that long you can watch a video here.

Scientific name: Crocodylus niloticus

Family name: Crocodylidae

Classification: Reptilia

Group Name: Bask or Congregation

IUCN status: Least Concern

Lifespan: 50-80 years

Weight: 225-500kg

Body length: 3.5-6meters

Top speed: 22mph

Diet: Carnivore: Young eat insects, amphibians, as well as some small species of fish. Adults tend to prefer land mammals such as giraffes, antelope, zebra, or Cape buffaloes.

Habitat: Rivers, large freshwater lakes, freshwater swamps, mangrove swamps as well as coastal estuaries.

Range: Sub-Saharan Africa

 

7 Comments on “Nile Crocodiles”

  1. Would love to one day come
    And visit these amazing animals up close.
    Managed to see a salty when visiting Australia 10 years ago always have been a fan of these creatures

  2. Crocodiles are my favourite love these since a little girl can’t want to come and see them … looking to own my caiman soon

  3. We always come and my children love to visit and see animals. You are a really kind company not making anyone pay entry to see animals! Great farm shop.

  4. Have been visiting for about 6 years after first finding out about you from delivering Field Fare goods, Have told so many people, and each after visiting have loved it and spread the word to others, I’ve enjoyed seeing you grow and succeed, and it couldn’t happen to nicer people, good luck for the future

  5. We love visiting the farm wuth our grandchildren. A great ethos. HOWEVER…two small worries for me, which I am sure you can settle….there’s a tank in the croc area with four turtles in it, just a tank with no way for them to get out and rest, if indeed this is necessary, just swimming, day and night. And the sloth bear, gorgeous, but on its own..everything needs companionship

    1. Thank you for your message. Our snake neck turtles are growing fast and outgrowing their tank fast but don’t worry they do have a larger enclosure being built we’ve just hit some delays as getting hold of glass for the windows has been quite difficult, as has getting hold of most building materials recently. We follow the picture guide sent to you in an email for our snake necks offering them a basking area via floating cork which they have in their tank. You can often find one of them atop this piece of cork, however they do spend most of their time in the water.

      With regards to the bears, we do have 2 bears on site, the hope was to mix them but unfortunately, they do not get along. Sloth bears are naturally solitary and can be quite territorial creatures. So, until we are able to split their outdoor pen, they are rotating their time between our indoor and outdoor facility. Please see the following article on sloth bears for further information on the species Sloth Bear: Species in World Land Trust reserves.

      Kind Regards,

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