Compare African Lion vs Nile Crocodile

By | November 23, 2014

Who will win the fight between African Lion and Nile Crocodile?

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A fight between the African Lion and Nile crocodile can be said to be a battle of the titans as both of them are legendry in their own way. They are found in the same continent and sometimes in the same geographic and climatic locations. Both are so powerful that it would be difficult to predict the outcome of a combat between the two animals.

For one to win, they not only need physical strength but also wit, speed, maneuverability, intelligence and perseverance. These two animals have been sighted and recorded fighting a number of times. In most cases the lion emerges as the winner. However, lions come out as winners but sustain wounds that are sometimes fatal. Here are facts and information about the two animals.

African Lion vs Nile Crocodile Comparison

African Lion vs Nile Crocodile Comparison

African Lion facts and information

  • Scientific name is Panthera leo.
  • Males are larger than females.
  • Males normally have a maximum head and body length of 3 meters while females have a maximum of 1.75 meters.
  • Males can weigh up to 250 kg while females weigh a maximum of 180 kg.
  • Are categorized as ‘vulnerable’ as their population has been steadily declining.
  • Poaching is the biggest threat to their survival.
  • Social animals that live in groups of up to 30 members.
  • They are the only members of the cat family that live in groups.
  • A pride of lions may consist of up to three males, more than a dozen females and several cubs.
  • All females in a pride are normally related.
  • Once male cubs reach maturity (about 2 years), they leave the pride to go take over other prides. When taking over a pride, a male lion would typically kill the male lions and all the cabs in that pride.
  • Males normally dominate a pride for a maximum of three years before being ‘overthrown’ by younger and stronger lions that have been chased from their birth prides.
  • Territorial animals that fiercely fight to defend their territories.
  • Mark their territories by leaving a strong urine scent and through strong roars.
  • A pride’s territory may be as large as 150 square kilometers but normally smaller.
  • Females do the hunting most of the time.
  • Males take the role of protecting the territory and guarding young ones.
  • Females hunt in groups as opposed to solo hunts.
  • Once a hunting mission is successful, male ones eat first followed by females and then young ones come last in that pecking order.
  • Carnivorous animals that feed on wildebeest, zebras, antelopes, buffaloes, giraffes, crocodiles, hares, hogs, hippos, rhinos, young elephants, mice and other wild animals.
  • Sometimes snatch food from other hunters such as Hyenas and wild dogs.
  • Originally roamed the forests of Africa, Asia and Europe but are now majorly found in the African grassland and woodland savanna.
  • Lifespan in the wild is up to 14 years.
  • Can be heard roaring from a distance of 8 kilometers away.
  • Sleep for up to 20 hours each day.
  • A female African lion can give birth to a maximum of 4 cubs in each reproduction cycle.
  • In most cases, several females in a pride give birth around the same time. The cubs are subsequently raised communally.
  • Gestation period is about 110 days.

Nile crocodile Facts and Information

  • Scientific name is Crocodylus niloticus.
  • Second largest of the three species of crocodiles found in Africa.
  • Average length is 5 meters (16 feet).
  • Maximum length is 6 meters (20 feet).
  • Average weight is 230 kg (500 pounds).
  • Maximum weight is 750 kg (1650 pounds.)
  • Known to attack and eat any living being including humans. It is estimated that up to 200 people are killed by Nile crocodiles annually.
  • Mostly feed on fish and animals that frequent water bodies including zebras, birds, hippos, porcupines, gazelles etc.
  • Are endemic to and mostly found in the Nile river basin, Sub-Saharan Africa and the sub-continent of Madagascar. Mostly live in freshwater bodies and mangrove swamps.
  • Are not endangered species.
  • Can eat up to half its weight at time.
  • Both males and females take care of their young ones. They both guard and take care of eggs until hutching.
  • Biggest threat to survival is hunting and habitat loss.
  • Has 68 teeth.
  • Even though it has many teeth, it cannot chew after a bite. Normally bites huge chunks of meat before swallowing in full.
  • Eyes, ears and nostrils are located at the top of the head and therefore they can manage to submerge almost their entire bodies and move undetected.
  • Current population is less than half a million but more than a quarter a million.
  • Sex of the hatchlings is dependent on the average temperature at certain times during egg incubation.
  • Incubation period is between 80 and 90 days.
  • Females can lay up to 60 eggs in one season.
  • For incubation, eggs are normally hidden near water bodies and stay heavily guarded by mature male and female crocodiles.

Compare African Lion vs Nile Crocodile

AnimalsAfrican LionNile crocodile
Average Head & Body Length6 ft 1 inch19ft 8 inch – 20ft
Average Weight180 kg900-1000 Kg
AreaAfricaAfrica and Nile delta
Weapons3 inch canines
3 inch claws
66 teeth
Average Life Span15 years70-100 years

The duel between the African Lion vs Nile Crocodile

A battle between these two animals may take dozens of minutes or even hours as both of them are strong fighters and never give up easily. The African lion, commonly referred to as the king of the jungle is an agile animal with strong jaws and canines that can tear apart the crocodile.

The crocodile on the other hand has powerful jaws with a grip that can instantly break strong bones. Both animals are capable of killing each other even though none of them is venomous. Both rely on their physical strength to win the war. It is said that a Nile crocodile has a jaw grip that is equivalent to more than one ton of weight applied per square inch.

Sometimes the lion has an upper hand because it is a flexible animal that can jump several feet into the air. The crocodile on the other hand is a rigid animal that cannot jump as high as an African lion. When the two animals are fighting, lions mostly pounce on the crocodile’s neck before strangling it to death.

The lion can also turn out to be a great meal for the crocodile if it is not careful. This is because if the crocodile manages to grip the lion, it will not let go until the lion is dead. In most cases crocodiles waylay lions at water points and attack lions that have come to quench their thirst. Crocodiles normally hide their body under water and swim steadily not to alert the lion. They then attack when the lion least expects and within a few seconds the lion is trapped between the strong jaws of the crocodiles with the crocodile’s canine teeth deep inside the lion’s flesh.

Though rare, sometimes lions jump into water to catch crocodiles. Most times African lions hide in bushes near water points waiting for crocodiles to come out of the water for basking. The lion is so good at camouflaging with the surrounding that crocodiles don’t normally discover they are being trapped until it is too late to run away and hide.

The muscle in a crocodile’s tail and its course and tough hide is also sometimes used as a weapon to defend itself. The only way a lion can kill a crocodile is if it ambushes it without notice. The opposite is also true as there is no way a crocodile can kill a lion unless it ensnares it.

To increase success rate, lions normally target smaller crocodiles while avoiding larger ones. A large crocodile is not easy to kill even if it is attacked by several large lions. On the other hand, crocodiles mostly rely on their ability to stay under water for so long without having to breathe. A hunting crocodile will clasp a lion and drag it under water where it stays for several minutes waiting for the lion to drown.

These two animals have equal chances of winning. The winner is determined by the location of the fight and the first one to attack.

Video of African Lion vs Nile Crocodile Fight

79 thoughts on “Compare African Lion vs Nile Crocodile

    1. Bill

      There is a group of lions in Burundi that prey exclusively on large crocodiles! In fact they have cut the croc population down 40%

    1. Orcacrusher333

      Croc has 5000 psi lion has 650 really, and the crocs force should be more than a lion which proves the editor is a stupid idiot

  1. James W.

    The ludicrous ‘Animal Face-off’ imaginary simulation vid – is included as a lame joke – right?

    There are real African wildlife encounter vids that show pride boss male lions regularly intimidating crocs..
    & even quite remarkable vids of lions shrugging off croc attacks while swimming.

    Obviously both creatures have the capability to harm each other, & to disrespect the weaponry of the other
    carelessly could be fatal for either protagonist.

    I think its fair to state that the comfort zone for each beast is when each is in their natural element, but
    the reflexively powerful strike from a lion’s sharp clawed paw, follwed by a crushing bite with deeply penetrating
    canine teeth – certainly capable of punching into the crocs brain case – is for sure – in a different league from a panicked antelope’s attempt to flee, & the video evidence confirms that crocs respect this.

    The amazing spectacle of a large male lion facing down a huge croc at rivers edge, literally roaring straight
    down the crocs gaping maw, quite fearlessly, & forcing the croc to back down – is far more real than the silly ‘Animal Face-off scenario.. obviously the croc feels the aggression in the sonic force of that roar – as really intimidating..

    Hassling most every other potential prey animal – or rival animal – they come across – is lion SOP..

    1. Undoomed

      WHAT COULD BEAT A MALE LION TO YOU JAMES? That is, a mammalian land predator. I can see that you are quite biased towards a lion. I have no doubts that a lion could defeat a nile crocodile, but you’re ludicrous claims about lions roaring down the croc’s maw is…simply wrong. I’ve seen documentaries where lions have not crossed rivers because crocodiles are prowling the waters. Lions almost never tangle with gigantic crocodiles like indicated in this thread. The crocodile in this thread weighs 900-1000 kg.

    1. Undoomed

      Are you aware of how small the crocodile is? I’d call that thing more fearless than the lion for taking on the lion, as that crocodile was outweighed in that scenario. However, here is a different story. The crocodile here MASSIVELY outweighs the lion, and no crocodile with that weight advantage would surrender.

  2. James W.

    I didn’t measure the croc..
    & nor did you, but the boss lion backed him down, anyhow..
    You couldn’t/wouldn’t.. do it. eh, Underling..

    The croc learns early that he durst not challenge the pride boss “King of Beasts” either..
    Since he knows that he’ll never live long enough to breed – if he does anything so rash..


    Crocs also understand , fear, & respect..
    .. the “infrasound” power of the mighty lion’s roar..

    1. Aka

      Yeah, that whole video was B.S. A nile croc could pulverize a lion in a matter of seconds.

      1. James W.

        = ‘also known as’ – the ignoramus..
        Find & post a video of that actually happening..

        The croc felt the power of the lion’s roar,
        right down his throat, knew what it meant,
        & was intimidated by it..

        1. Aka/Tony

          I don’t need some stupid video from youtube. The croc is the clear winner, as the article supports.

          1. James W.

            Wrong again..

            It is not the video that is “stupid”..
            Stupid is – espousing an opinion that
            is clearly contradicted by the available evidence..

            & videos surely do provide evidence, which clearly shows the reality..

            Crocs which share habitat with the dominant predator in Africa
            – lions – will only live long enough to grow to maturity,
            if they demonstrate the proper respect & caution towards lions..

            Once mature, crocs well know lions are violently aggressive creatures
            which are not to be trifled with, since lions are both well armed &
            by nature, boldly disposed to express their powers – in an instant..

  3. Undoomed

    Have you even seen how crocs act around lions? Lions will choose not to cross rivers because of crocodiles. Once again, a crocodile of this size would be just as willing to kill as the lion. This croc wouldn’t care if the lion roared at it; it would just rip it’s head off. This size of crocodile would kill anything it could catch. Including lions.

    1. James W.

      Unsupported by any facts,
      as usual.. just look up the provided youtube link,
      & there are vids of 1/2 grown lions swimming
      across rivers & being grabbed by a croc, which promptly lets go when
      it gets viciously clawed by such a powerful predator..

      Do try & educate yourself, rather than Undertrolling..

      1. Horuos

        The Nile Crocodile has a way stronger psi then a mere lion. If a lion is brave/ stupid enough to actually attack a crocodile, the claws wouldn’t even pierce its scales. Crocodilians have been evolving for millions of years. DO you think a lion could really beat a reptile, that outlived, and outclassed the dinosaurs?

        1. James W.


          Do try & give the troll act – a rest..

          The Crocodile knows it is outmatched by the lion,
          even if you don’t..

          Those scaly creeps back down in confrontations,
          because they know the facts, unlike you.

          Crocs do not like being bitten or viciously struck,
          kicked or clawed, any more than you do.

          You would not like a pet housecat to do those things
          to you – let alone a lion – THE dominant apex predator.

          1. Undoomed

            This crocodile is the size of GUSTAVE, who took a hit from a f***ing ROCKET LAUNCHER! How could a lion even hope to hurt a crocodile of this size? Also, no, lions are not “THE dominant apex predator”, as they are killed by many things. That would be killer whales. You are wrong James and have not proven anything to the contrary. You are simply a biased, preposterous fool. Do you understand the size difference here? Most likely not, considering you cannot count higher than 10, but try to understand. This crocodile is 5.5 TIMES the size of the lion. This is like you fighting a toddler with a knife. Oh, wait, you are a toddler so that example doesn’t work. It would be like me, in full body armor with a gun, fighting a toddler with a knife. Sorry James, but you are wrong once again.

          2. Aka

            James w, do me a favor, shut your ass up. You think a lion could beat anything.

      2. Undoomed

        1 YouTube link shows a lion roaring at a small crocodile, and the other shows a crocodile killing a lion in animal face off. Once again, a crocodile of this size is as large as the largest Nile crocodile ever recorded, Gustav. Gustav would be able to easily break a lions neck with one bite, considering the Nile crocodiles bite force is 3,700 PSI. It would be able with 1 bite cripple the lion, while the lion would have to claw and bite the crocodile many times to do any damage. Crocodiles backs are BULLETPROOF, and I’d like to see the lion flip a <2000 pound crocodile without getting bit, you moron.

        1. James W.


          Now you are delving into the realms of fantasy..
          Crocs are not “bulletproof” – you are just embarrassing yourself..

          As a matter of fact, years ago, when I lived in Darwin, I’d hunt huge
          saltwater crocs with a club..

          Of course, there were a bunch of us in the club, & we all had high-powered rifles..
          As befits the ‘top predator’ status of real men…

          1. Undoomed

            James, now you are just bolstering your own credentials and making yourself sound like a ‘real man’. Why don’t you look up Gustave and see for yourself? Do some fucking research for once and actually look into things. I am getting so tired of you just denying, denying, and denying while I continue to prove you wrong, and you continue to deny it. A nile crocodile of this size would DESTROY a lion. I am so tired of your ridiculous posturing, self-aggrandizing bullshit, as well as you ignoring facts and the massive weight difference. James, you are so stupid and wrong it continues to amaze me, and I will continue to prove you wrong until you concede.

      1. James W.

        That croc’d bite your head off boy, if you tried to be as bold as that boss lion..
        & any bear that tried it, would get dragged under & be croc-tucker too..

        But that croc could feel the power of the lions mighty roar.. right down its guts..
        ..& trembled in fear.. before being forced to step off, – by the dominant predator…

        1. Aka/Tony

          Bear destroys lion. That croc could rip your head off to, James. If it was a fully grown croc, that lion would dead.

        2. Aka/Tony

          James wabawa,

          That croc would rip your head off too, James w. In the video the article represents, the nile crocodile is the winner. So do me a favor and shut your ass up.

        3. Aka/Tony

          James wabawa,

          That croc would rip your head off too, James w. In the video the article represents, the nile crocodile is the winner. So do me a favor and shut your ass up, you slimy son of a bitch.

        4. Aka/Tony

          James wabawa,

          That croc would rip your head off too. In the video in the article the croc wins. Nilecrocalwayswinsoratleastthatshowitshouldbe So do me a favor, and shut your ass up, you slimy son of a bitch.

          1. James W.

            You’re wrong… again.. &, again..
            & it seems the ‘stupid boy’.. does not comprehend.. what he sees..

            Look properly – you’ll see, the croc backs down, clearly intimidated..
   the boss male lion.. & pretending otherwise, is just trolling, kid..
            Infantile profanity is lame too, surely your momma wouldn’t approve..

            I challenge you to post an actual real-life ( not CGI) video..
            ..of a crocodile making a meal of a healthy adult lion..

            If you search, you’ll find a fair few vids showing lions hassling crocs,
            & even defeating the croc’s attack – while swimming..

          2. James W.

            Still the ‘stupid boy’ then, huh..

            Crocs get ‘wrecked’ by aggressive lions,
            just like you get wrecked here.. by the facts..
            & for your imbecilic ‘opinion’ too, eh kid.. L.O.L…

          3. James W.

            Like you do, huh kid? L.O.L…
            See the actual/real wildlife video footage..
            (Not BS mash-up stupidity, if you can tell the difference)..
            That’s EVIDENCE…

            & post some here – which clearly shows what you claim – happening..
            You cant, can you kid.. & its simply that you haven’t/can’t disprove..
            ..any of the fact-supported data, which I have listed here, already..

          4. Aka/Tony

            Yes, like me. I proved to you national Geographic and Smithsonian. But you will not accept them. Why, I ask? Just use a little common sense for once. Enough common sense to accept the evidence. Idiot.

          5. James W.

            ..the only thing you have..
            ..proved.. is what a whiny little bitch.. you are..

            Get back on topic, or get lost, eh kid..

            Boss lions naturally put crocs on their list..
            ..of animals.. to be intimidated/dominated..

          6. AKa/Tony

            You just called a 12 year old a beach. As far as I’m concerned, thats child abuse. You wouldn’t like to face the police, would you?

          7. James W.

            Look kid.. “…you slimy son of a bitch.”
            If you want to play with the big boys..
            ..then you gotta take in turn, what gets dished out..
            ..without going cryin’ to momma.. L.O.L…

            Now boy, the same thing is learned by crocs..
            ..they grow much more slowly than lions..
            & to get to be the big boss of the river, must learn about them..
            ..such as how to avoid getting killed by the boss male lions..

  4. James W.

    Unbelievable, the troll,
    thinks Animal Faeces, ah Animal Faceoff, is real!
    & that crocs are bulletproof! Too funny..

    Crocs that do grow big, do so by being wary of lions,
    since being careless/bold around them is fatal, &
    this is something they don’t forget, & so they remain.

    1. Undoomed

      When they’re small they’re wary. Also, no I do not think Animal Face Off is real nor do you know that large crocs are partially bullet proof. Look it up. Lions are wary of crocs when they’re small, as crocs kill small lions.

    2. Undoomed

      Also, why the hell do you treat lions as unkillable, perfect killing machines? They don’t kill many people per year, and many animals DESTROY lions 1 v 1. Yet, you don’t understand this. You seem to think that lions are the king of beasts, which is a joke. A pure, unadulterated joke. By the way, crocodiles have been around FAR longer than lions, before the dinosaurs even. This would hint that crocodiles are perfectly evolved killing machines, not your overgrown kitty cats.

      1. James W.

        I agree, you should change your ID to ‘Faeces’,
        – it would be more a more accurate nomenclature.

        Caesar would also approve.. as would ‘ King Richard the Lionheart’.

        1. Undoomed

          I was correcting your spelling moron. The rest of the post made no sense whatsoever, so I won’t bother refuting it like everything else.

  5. James W.


    It is quite evident that your comprehension that is lacking.
    It appears you are not much interested in learning, either.

    You miss the point about evolutionary advancements.
    Prior to humanity developing technology, big cats were boss.
    Crocodiles have their niche, but it is circumscribed by their limitations.

    1. Undoomed

      It is quite evident that you have no evidence, and don’t care to have any. You have no proof whatsoever of ANYTHING you say, at all. Crocodiles have been around for millions of years, far longer than lions, proving how they are superior from an evolutionary standpoint. Oops, sorry, I just turned your ‘evidence’ around, because it was bullshit. Big cats have plenty of limitations, like how 1 v 1 many prey animals can own them you fool. Just stop man, you are making a fool of yourself.

  6. James W.

    rudely pig ignorant as you are,

    I suggest you try to grasp the basic concepts of evolution..
    Cats, like humans, are a recent development, with adaptations
    which grant superior functional characteristics, which is why they
    are to be found in most zones suitable to functional habitation…

    Unlike crocodilians, which, even as an evolutionary exemplar of their type,
    are necessarily self-limited to a mandatory niche existence.

    & in the co-habitation zones of lions & crocs, lions are boss, period.
    Crocodiles who fail to be circumspect around lions do not reach maturity,
    & those who do, certainly recall why it is unwise to challenge the ‘King of Beasts’!
    Or, suffer the consequences, just as all others do – when confronted by the primary predator,
    esp’ when arrayed in his ‘Kingly’ pride boss/male coalition social configuration..

    Observe some cogent data sets, such have been recorded, of a truly dominant lion pride,
    the frankly awesome nature of this situation is undeniable, even for a willfully purblind ‘fool’..

    Yet even when solitary, or in a pair unit, as was the case for ‘Barbary lions’ – historically, the ‘King’
    was not to be trifled with, & also did not besmirch his rep’ by creeping around filthy garbage dumps…
    Do a bit of dumpster-diving yourself, do you – Unwashed?
    Yeah, that figures..

    1. Undoomed

      Would you look up Gustave, please? PLEASE? Nothing you say means anything because none of it has any evidence and all you do is repeat the same thing about dumpsters. Why are you so obsessed with dumpsters? You said I dumpster dive, but I think that might be you, based on your obsession with them. How about Deinosuchus? Those things would own any cat that has every existed. Do you know what Deinosuchus was? A fifty-foot long crocodile. Literally, a Gustave sized crocodile would have no problems killing a lion. In fact, Gustave actively hunts HIPPOS.
      Check out that link and see what I mean. This size of crocodile would have no quarrels or problems killing a lion. You wish to bring up extinct lions? I’ll bring up extinct crocodiles, which would own extinct and modern lions. The reason crocodiles have never evolved is because they are apex predators, and have no need to evolve.

      1. James W.


        Of course crocs evolved, they had to, as they survived &
        filled the ecological niche left by the larger, but extinct reptiles.

        However, they are limited to that niche, whereas humans & cats,
        being so functional with a later, more adaptable evolutionary lifestyle,
        are far more successful/formidable… than those scaly old creepy-crawly crocs..

        1. Undoomed

          All you are doing is ad hominem attacks on crocodiles, but present no evidence on how they could not beat a lion. Crocodiles haven’t evolved very much because they haven’t needed to. They are apex predators.

          1. James W.

            Hypopcrisy much?

            No real citation references, ‘cept kids sites sans credibility,
            & resort to ad hominem insults such as “idiot?

            FYI, ‘ad hominem’ means ‘against man’, crocs are fair game..

            No doubt a croc would scavenge the body of an incapacitated lion, when & if
            given the opportunity, but in the case of massive clawed paw strike to the head 1-1 confrontation, the croc knows its going to be getting a hiding, & will retreat to the depths, ASAP… just how is it you don’t get this…

            More proof?
            Skilled men can take control of a croc – with a roll of duct tape.. they’d never try that
            trick with a wild pride boss lion, though – would they…

          2. Undoomed

            No you moron, as hominem means changing the subject into personal attacks, or attacking the subject. Not against man. Why are you insulting my evidence when you have not put a shred of evidence yourself? But, I honestly don’t have time for this. You are so obviously a troll that it hurts. I will not be speaking to you again, as it is a waste of time.

          1. James W.

            I suggest that you cease the troll act,
            & do some reviews of proper scientific data,
            your resort to emotive rants & low value “evidence”
            simply to back your slanted opinion – does you no credit.

            Fact is, lions are the dominant land animal predator,
            other than for the advent of technology, by humans.

    2. Undoomed

      I recently saw a video, which I will try to find and link here, where a mega pride of 17 lions could not take down one female hippo, while a crocodile of this size (Gustave) actively hunts hippos. So, based on logic, you could say that a crocodile of this size is greater than 17 lions.

  7. James W.

    Wasn’t ‘Gustave’ in fact, killed by a hippo…
    That big old croc lived by bullying smaller crocs from their food.

    You haven’t found a single video showing a prime lion being
    the subject animal predated upon by a croc.

      1. James W.

        Actually – do a fact check rather than be an “idiot” ,
        Gustave hasn’t been seen for ’bout a year & a 1/2 now..
        & nor were any of your fanciful stories of his supposedly
        preying on adult hippos – ever scientifically validated..

        Stop reading trash sites & then citing them (referenced or not), here…

  8. Dinosaur

    James why don’t you compare your little yellow cats PSI and size to a crocodiles.

  9. James W.

    What is your point?
    That crocs fart more explosively? L.O.L…

    Boss lions routinely dominate crocs,
    & force them to slink back into the slime..

    1. Dr. Croc.

      As if. The croc is far more powerful. It takes a while pride of lions to take down 1 buffalo or zebra, whereas the crocodile can do it solo. Even a 12 footer can do it. And a crocodile’s center of gravity is so low to the ground that it’s near impossible for a lion to flip it over. And the crocodile has bony armor under its skin, supporting what Undoomed was stating as a sound and factual statement that the crocodile hide is almost bulletproof, and can certainly withstand the teeth and claws of a lion.

  10. James W.

    Croc of shit..
    Look doc, nevermind your fantasies..
    just check the vids.. lion dominates croc, its a natural fact..

    Yes, even swiming in the river – when a croc tries an attack..
    it fails.. as the videos show, the croc gets a brutal claw-raking,
    & desevedly too, for its 1/2-arsed interception attempt..

  11. arun

    Lions are more intelligent than crocs… Mammals are usually than reptiles

  12. AP

    On land, a lion would win. While the crocodile could cripple it with it’s powerful bite, the lion would be too fast, strong, and agile for a croc to achieve this on land. The lion would wear it out on land and eventually land a killer blow to the skull of the crocodile, instantly killing it.

    In water, the croc might win because it has the advantage of attacking the lion without the lion noticing. However, there are videos on Youtube of adolescent lions surviving croc attacks in water.

    1. James W.

      Check the vid of the two brother lions swimming across a deep river,
      big croc intercepts the leading lion, & seeing this, bro lion following..
      instantly dives under to thug the croc – who pisses off, quick smart..

      Seems crocs gotta learn that being ‘lion hearted’ – aint just sayin’..

        1. James W.

          & then, lamely on cue..
          the scams begin..
          with fake ‘james w’
          duly being trotted out..

          How tedious..

          1. AP

            Did you check the dates?

            Anyways, for this fight, lion wins on land, croc wins in water.

  13. Ross wind

    As a general rule, lions ignore crocodiles they do not considered them as potential preys. But there are exceptions. Water is crocodile domain and land the lion’s domain. The other side of the story there is the Zimbabwe’s Lake Kariba crocodile-killer lions. Adult crocodiles were killed by young male lions. Many videos shows a dominant male lion in shallow waters facing a group of crocodiles. Crocodiles have great respect for the king of the beasts.

  14. AP

    Ross Wind,
    Good post. I think it is fair to say that lions would defeat crocodiles in a fight on land while crocs hold the winning cards in water.

    And do post something under the “African lion vs Siberian tiger” thread. I want to have a lion vs tiger debate with you 🙂

    1. James W.

      Wrong.. as usual.. apey..
      Check the videos of lions
      defeating crocodile attempts
      to attack them while swimming,
      & lions dominating crocs on the riverbanks..

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    James W,

    Can you link ’em? AFAIK, lions usually best crocs on land and in shallow water, but crocodiles emerge victorious in DEEP water.


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