A Nile crocodile, the largest one, weighs around 2400 pounds, but if you compare it with the African lion, then you will see that the largest male weighs only around 550 pounds. If you feel that crocodiles will only be strong when they are in water and their slow pace will be a huge disadvantage for them on land, then it is not true completely. The crocodiles use mainly their tails and due to this reason even if a lion gets closer to the Nile crocodile it will just swing its tail to get rid of the lion comfortably. It is not that easy to attack the crocodile on land because they can run remarkably fast.
They are strong enough to intimidate the lioness and no matter how strong a lion or lioness may be they are not that strong when it comes to defeating the crocodiles. Moreover, you will see that the bite force of the crocodile is the strongest amongst all the animal of the world. Though the crocodile has the capacity to strike an attack at the rate of 35 mph, but it is not that forceful attack when it comes to the lions because they can successfully dodge that. On the other hand, it is said that the claws of lion or the teeth are quite strong and can pierce crocs hide, but still it is hard to take down the crocodile all by themselves at a go.
The African Lion and the Nile Crocodile
In case, the lions have to hunt down a crocodile, it will only go for the one which is smaller in size because the bigger ones are too strong and puts up a strong fight and at the end of it nobody emerges as the winner. The fight seems endless and that s the reason both of the back off, when they see it has no outcome.
It is reported that lions pride attack small crocodiles and kill them and at the same time it is also seen that the crocodiles drags a lion to the water and make them their prey successfully. Both of them are skilled hunters and both of them use their intelligence to hunt the other down. They are both strong and powerful and are equal match as challengers, so at times crocodiles win over lions, whereas, at times you will see the lions winning an upper hand over the crocodile and hunt them down.
They are the apex predators, but if you need to choose one of them, then it would be the crocs because if the crocodile can get a paw of the lion in their jaw, then they will drag the lion in the water and kill it comfortably. On the other hand though lions are quite tactful and strong, but they really have to fight a lot in order to get even with the crocodile and for that they have to wrestle a lot with the crocodile. By doing so, even when they are successful in killing a crocodile they will also suffer severe injuries as well before they can actually affect the crocodiles to a major extent.
Compare African Lion Vs Nile Crocodile:
|Animals||African Lion||Nile crocodile|
|Average Head & Body Length||6 ft 1 inch||19ft 8 inch – 20ft|
|Average Weight||180 kg||900-1000 Kg|
|Area||Africa||Africa and Nile delta|
|Weapons||3 inch canines|
3 inch claws
|Average Life Span||15 years||70-100 years|