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Courtship and mating of the Nile crocodile (Crocodylus niloticus)

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Courtship and mating of the Nile crocodile (Crocodylus niloticus) were studied in a seasonal river in Zimbabwe. Courtship and mating occurred from late June through mid August (the coldest months), which was in the dry season when crocodiles were confined to pools. There was a shared basking ground and shared courtship-mating arena, with group courtship by young adult males, but time-partitioning of the arena by the larger bulls. After courting and mating the individuals came ashore to bask and sleep. Various head postures and displays were used during courtship and submissive behaviour.

Affiliations: 1: Department of Biological Sciences, University of Zimbabwe, P.O. Box MP 167, Mount Pleasant, Harare, Zimbabwe


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