Crocodilians have a surprising maternal instinct

They may have a reputation of being bloodthirsty animals, but crocodiles are actually loving mothers. 🐊💕

Yes, crocodiles are good mothers

Despite their reputation of being bloodthirsty animals driven by their primal instincts, crocodilians are distinguished from other reptiles by their maternal care. First of all, the females build a nest to shelter their eggs: some species dig a hole and others construct a mound out of vegetation and soil. During the incubation period, the female will keep guard to protect her little ones. Staying close to her eggs during several months, depending on the species, she won’t hesitate to attack any potential threat. In the case of Nile crocodiles, females have been seen entering a trance-like state, staying motionless near the eggs, occasionally moving to cool off.

When it comes time to hatch, the babies will emit sound from inside the egg. This sound signals the mother, who will dig out the eggs and sometimes even help the hatching by fracturing the shell with her jaws. Once the eggs have hatched, alligators and crocodiles have a surprising behavior. If the nest is far from water, the female will carry her offspring in her mouth. She can carry a large number of them thanks to an extendable pouch located in her throat. The aim of this manoeuvre: to bring the hatchlings to the nearest water source. For several months, they will stay close to their mother, who will protect them, before their dispersal once they have reached maturity.


01/13/2020 5:00 PM


  • Blossom K.
    03/28/2021 13:30

    I remember when I learnt this as a child, made me love them more. Such amazing creatures even though they are so deadly.

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  • Yolanda A.
    03/23/2021 19:18

    Thank you very interesting.

  • Indrakeela H.
    03/18/2021 13:35

    One who spreads hatred and does evils to others may be rebirth as ugly crocodiles

  • Renee R.
    01/26/2021 04:39

    So adorable

  • Waylon W.
    12/28/2020 09:44


  • Donna B.
    12/25/2020 02:18

    Crookie dookue can I ride at your back while the rope is in your mouth?

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  • Nikolas H.
    12/23/2020 12:27

    Every now and then they eat their babies but yeah, they are loving

  • Zane P.
    12/23/2020 10:08

    Better than my mother ever was.

  • Dina M.
    12/23/2020 05:55

    interesting lol

  • Anita T.
    12/23/2020 05:15

    Que bonita cocodrila con cuanto amor cuida de sus hijos

  • Madeleine P.
    12/22/2020 23:07

    It's wonderful what we have learnt about our world in 60 years, I was taught at school that mother crocs just left the nest and had nothing to do with rearing her young. I remember the first film, of crocs caring for their young.

  • Khosrow A.
    12/22/2020 21:21

    The hell with them, .

  • Guy M.
    12/22/2020 21:06

    Any human who accepts the notion of a "bloodthirsty" animal, with all its connotations of sentient savagery and cruelty, is a fool. Animals do what they need to do to survive.

  • Spencer P.
    12/22/2020 20:44

    I wonder if this was a unique trait of arhosaurs since croc's and birds both show these traits as well not just early mammals

  • Odile S.
    12/22/2020 19:48

    Me to, my name is Odile.

  • Luke O.
    12/22/2020 18:59

    “Deep inside the skull of every one of us there is something like a brain of a crocodile. Surrounding the R-complex is the limbic system or mammalian brain, which evolved tens of millions of years ago in ancestors who were mammal but not yet primates. It is a major source of our moods and emotions, of our concern and care for the young. And finally, on the outside, living in uneasy truce with the more primitive brains beneath, is the cerebral cortex; civilization is a product of the cerebral cortex.” — Carl Sagan, Cosmos p.276–277

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    12/22/2020 18:58


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    12/22/2020 18:40


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