Most people must have a fear of snakes, spiders and of course predatory animals bigger than that. Including large reptiles such as the Crocodilia order be it the Alligator, Crocodile, Caiman, Gharial and others.
Why Crocodiles Attack Humans
The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) has made a red list related to the characteristics and conservation status of various species in the world. It was revealed that crocodiles can attack humans for the following four reasons, including;
1. They are Starving
2. They Protect Their Territories
3. They Protect Their Children
4. They attack other species such as dogs, cats or other domestic animals that happen to be close to humans at the same time.
List of 7 most ferocious crocodiles
The following are the types of crocodiles that have the most cases of attacks against humans in the world.
7.Gharial / Gavial (Gavialis gangeticus)
Its habitat is the rivers of Nepal and northern India. The main food is fish, Gavial does not attack humans and even seems tame to people in their environment, but they eat a lot of corpses floating in funeral ceremonies in the Ganges River.
6.Black caiman (Melanosuchus niger)
Black caiman lives in northern South America and can be found almost along the Amazon river. River valleys in Peru and Ecuador eastward to Guyana and Suriname. Black caimans prey on fish, other reptiles and rodents such as the capybara. Adult black caimans can reach 4 meters in length, most of them have been known to attack humans. Australia’s Charles Darwin University noted that in the period from January 2008 to October 2013, black caimans had been involved in 43 attacks against people, and less than a fifth of attacks were fatal or even deadly.
5. The swamp crocodile (Crocodylus palustris)
Habitat These crocodiles can be found in freshwater pools, wetlands, lakes and slow moving water currents from Iran to the western fringes of Southeast Asia. Among the largest crocodiles in physical terms, the adult swamp crocodile can reach a length of 5 meters.
Although they prefer foods such as fish and reptiles to some of them being served a larger diet such as deer, The Worldwide Crocodilian Attack Database (CrocBITE) notes that swamp crocodiles attacked 110 people from 2008-2013, with an average of one-third of attacks. this resulted in the death of the victims.
4.American crocodile (Crocodylus acutus)
These crocodiles feed on smaller vertebrates, but attacks on humans recorded from 2008 to 2013 were about 20 deaths.
3.American alligator (alligator mississippiensis)
Its natural habitat on the Gulf Coast region of the United States, can be found in the freshwater environment of rivers, lakes and marshes and other wetlands, some of which live in saltier habitats such as mangrove swamps. Between 2000 and 2017, Florida averaged under 11 attacks per year, although less than 10% of the deaths occurred. Between 1948 and 2005, wildlife officials recorded 379 American alligator attacks on people causing 17 deaths in humans. The interesting thing about these reports is that they can give the impression that they are innocent and the resulting attacks are due to human fault.
2. Estuarine crocodile (Saltwater Crocodile) / Crocodylus porosus
Most of them live in Southeast Asia, from southern India to the northern fringes of Australia. Crocodiles that have really grown can reach 6 meters long and weigh 500 kilos, it is not wrong to call it the largest living crocodile in the World.
Records from Australia and Malaysia, the IUCN reported that between 2000 and 2007, this saltwater crocodile was responsible for nearly 30 separate attacks on humans. In Australia 1/4 of the attacks were fatal and in Malaysia half resulted in the death of the victim.
1.Nile Crocodile (Crocodylus niloticus)
A variety of habitats covers most of Africa, they live in freshwater lakes and brackish water rivers.
This crocodile simply claims that it is the most vicious and dangerous crocodile in the world because it is widely held to be responsible for more than 300 attacks on people each year.