Compare Nile Crocodile vs Salt Water Crocodile

By | May 3, 2021

Who will win the fight between Nile Crocodile and Salt Water Crocodile?

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After posting some unique comparisons, today, we are going to compare Nile Crocodile vs Salt water crocodile. The complete comparison and between Nile and Australian crocodile are given below.

Saltwater crocodile facts

Saltwater crocodile is known as Indo-Pacific crocodile, it is world largest living reptile which come under terrestrial as well as reptile category. The average size of the saltwater crocodile is 6.7 m and weight around 2000 Kg and females are smaller from males. As the name suggests, The saltwater crocodiles live in salt water, deltas, swamps, mangrove, lagoons, rivers and estuaries. They found in eastern coast of India to south east Asia, Australia, Africa and Japan.

Saltwater crocodile is like a king of water body where he lives; his diet includes fish, reptiles, birds, mammals, crustaceans and other species. They are very dangerous for humans because of their larger size. It has wide snout, less armour plates and longer muzzle.

Saltwater Crocodiles are also known to kill Water Buffalo. Strength and tantic wise- The saltwater crocodile waits for prey to come close to water edge and then strike hard at prey without giving any warning and with his strength drag the animal into the water.

Saltwater crocodile

It has strong jaw pressure that drag a fully grown water buffalo into a river. It has power to pull water buffalo of 2200 pounds. In order to handle, 16 foot salt crocodile, an average of 10 strong men are required. They can even eat larger sharks; you can see shark remains in their stomachs. It has bite force of 3900 pounds per square inch.

It is known for its death roll, it grabs its prey and roll it powerful until prey died. It makes its prey off balance and making easier to drag the prey to water. It uses death roll to tear apart animal’s body after their dead. It swims with same speed as of dolphin. Salty crocodiles have speed of 15-18 miles per hours in bursts and 2-3 miles in cruising.

Nile crocodile facts

Nile crocodile on other hand found in African region and comes under second largest reptile in the world. It covers widespread area of sub-saharan Africa and found in rivers, lakes and marshlands. Even though, they are capable to live in salty water but rarely found in salt water. It is known as the king of Nile delta. The average size of the Nile crocodile is 6.1 metre and weight around 910 Kg.

Nile crocodiles have thick scaly armored skin. They are very aggressive species which is capable of hunting any animal species. They are not choosy for their diets. Niche crocodile diet includes reptiles, fish, mammals, birds etc. Adults can eat young Hippo, buffalos, zebras, hyenas, warthlogs, antelope, baboons, giraffe, wildebeest and big cats.

Nile crocodile

They are ambush predator and wait for prey to come to them. When situation are ideal for them then they attack on the prey without any warning. They have strong conical teeth that produces very powerful bite that sink the flesh and making it difficult for the prey to get out of it. They can apply high force for extended period of time.

The underwater ability combined with their speeds and make them very dangerous hunter for larger animals as well. Once the prey is dead, they rip it off using a technique known as death roll.

Nile crocodile comes under one of the dangerous species of crocodile and responsible for hundreds of human deaths. Many people consider it as endangered species but it is common species and not an endangered one. They have dark bronze color on above side and black spots at back.

Nile crocodile vs Salt water crocodile Comparison

The comparison and difference between Nile crocodile vs Australian Salt water crocodile are given below.

Nile crocodile in same length is slighty heavier than the Salt water crocodile.

Saltwater crocodile have more stamina under water and faster in comparison to Nile crocodile. Nile crocodile has more rough and thick skin.

Nile crocodile vs Salt water crocodile Comparison

Nile crocodile vs Salt water crocodile Comparison

Nile crocodile is heavier and has stronger bite force but when it is compare with salty crocodile then they both have similar jaw structure.

AnimalsNile crocodileSalt water crocodile
Average Length 6-6.1 meter4.6 meter
Average Weight900-1000 Kg408-522 Kg
AreaAfrica and Nile deltaIndia, Andaman and Nicobar island, Australia, Sri lanka,
Waterrivers, marshes, lakes and damsFlying rivers, estuaries and mangroves
TeethConed shaped teethLargest teeth
Average Life Span70-100 years70-100+ years

Who will win the fight? Above, I have explained comparison between Nile crocodile vs Salt water crocodile. Still, it was difficult for someone to know who will win the fight. Go further to know about it.

Crocodiles try to rip off and kill each other. I have watched some documentaries in which Nile crocodile gets tired faster while saltwater crocodiles do death roll and any possible to get out of it. Saltwater are more aggressive, more ego and usually more faster then Nile crocodiles.

So, my final verdict- Salt Water crocodile and Australian salt water crocodile would win the fight with Nile crocodile.

50 thoughts on “Compare Nile Crocodile vs Salt Water Crocodile

  1. johnnie

    Agreed. The salty could not only overpower it because of sheer size, but they are an over all more dangerous predator simply because they can cover much more territory including salt waters.

  2. Sydney Russel

    I see some contradictions in your comparisons.
    1. In the comparison above the 3rd picture you say, “Nile crocodile in same length is slightly heavier than the Salt water crocodile.”, but on the chart it lists the Nile as 900-1000 Kg and the Salty as 1000-2000 kilograms.
    2. In the comparison under the 3rd picture you say, “Nile crocodile is heavier and has stronger bite force but when it is compare with salty crocodile then they both have similar jaw structure.” but on the chart you have the Nile with a 4 in force and the Salty has 5.

    The Salty wins this battle.

      1. Tom

        A saltwater crocodile does not have a stronger bite force than a Nile crocodile period. The Nile crocodile on average has a bite force significantly stronger at 1250 psi more so than the Saltwater croc.

    1. Jordan

      It is because the female salt water a smaller then female niles, so for average size the Nile is larger, but once it comes to full grown males the Salty is much larger then the Nile gets.

  3. Horuos

    The Saltwater has the strongest psi of any extant animal. I rest my case.

  4. Mike

    Sybney, I understand and had the same dilemma when I read the comparisons. It was possibly the way the narrator compared the two which left me confused. When the narrator says “in same length” they meant when weighed at the same length, but the salties continue to grow larger (2000kg) when the Nile tops out round 1000kg.

    1. Mainak

      No..Actually The Great White Shark has the strongest bite force among all animals..

    2. will

      wheres your evidence, the killer whales jaw muscles are big but like a great white shark are very weak and are made for opening fast not shutting hard. but the killer would be able to kill a saltie.

      1. Micheal

        Don’t be to sure, all crocodiles have heavy armor across their bodies, my perspective is that the killer whale could try and bite a saltwater crocodile, but the armor would more then likely give it protection. On top of that, salties have been recorded attacking and killing sharks for a consistent diet, something that happens very rarely and seen even more so with Killer whales.

        1. Unbiased Truth

          Micheal: I agree that to me the Saltwater Crocodile is the most terrifying predator in the world (other than humans as we have weapons that will kill them easily) but I can’t see a saltwater croc having much luck against a full-grown male killer whale! These mammals are the biggest meat-eating predator in the world, there is no way a salty could even hope to survive any contact with the killer whale under any circumstances almost, short of an already injured or ill killer whale or some other catastrophic injury to the whale. I am not a biologist or expert, but these killer whales kill great white sharks, and eat full grown walruses at will, and they weigh in at over 4,400 lbs. Killer whales weigh on average 6 tons and are 20-26 ft. long! Salty’s can be 20 ft. long also, but are giving up thousands of pounds to killer whales. No chance. If you are a betting man, put every shilling you have on the Killer Whale!

  5. Aka

    Sydney russel, he means force by strength. Like, head to head strength. Anyways, it could go either way, but I have my cash on the saltwater.

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  7. Adam

    Sorry, but this is extremely unscientific. Never has any crocodile been weighed over 1100kg. Never. The largest nile croc caught in SOuth Africa (not known for huge crocs) weighed 912 kg. Lolong, the biggest saltie ever caught and measured, weighed 1075 kg. Lolong, by the way, is also the longest saltie ever measured. It was approximately 6,2 meters long. The longest nile crocodile ever measured was longer than 6 meter. Have you actually seen the very biggest nile crocodiles in the Mara river in Kenya? I bet you they are much much bigger than your average saltie and will easily top one ton. The saltie more aggressive? How do you detemine that?? As with humans, it depends entirely on the personality of the crocodile in question. Amongst salties you get huge variations in aggression, as with nile crocodiles. It depends on that particular individual’s “personality” traits, simples.

    1. CrocLoverHater

      Adam man, I completely agree. I actually think the biggest crocodiles are those found in the Mara river in Kenya. I have seen their heads and they are as big as an actual Wildebeest or Zebra. How come no one measures them?

    2. will

      mate i live in Darwin on the Adelaide river, Lolong was the biggest croc in captivity, Krys was an 8.3 meter long saltie who was unfortunately shot in the 90’s, and weighed in at 2.4 tonnes. the biggest Nile croc was 6.3 meters and weighed 1023 kg’s. and the salties average size is 5-6 meters and weighs from 900-1100 kg’s. the Nile only weighs from 800-900 kg’s. and as for how aggresive they are, they are both the same as they both hunt almost identical prey.

    3. John

      I have seen Nile crocs in the Mara river in Kenya. And i have also seen salties in australia.
      The nile crocs were fatter and bulkier. But the salties were definitely longer and seemed more active

  8. Slightlycritical

    …Did you just make up all this shit one day or what?? I hope nobody believes this stuff… so far off on so many “facts”. This is why I hate the internet.

  9. Steve

    As pointed out earlier, you have conflicting and false information in your article. The saltwater crocodile is classified as a marine reptile, not a terrestrial reptile. You list the average size for the marine crocodile at 6.7 meters. Multiple, other sources have listed this as a maximum or near maximum size. The two pieces of information the I have just cites were in your second paragraph. Your article is simply not a reliable source of information. Before you post more erroneous information I would suggest having your data peer reviewed. I would also suggest deleting or editing your data so as not to mislead others.

    1. Spencer

      The Saltwater crocodile average size is between 4 and 5 metres for an adult male this is also the average for a mile crocodile, the maximum size for a Saltwater crocodile is 6 metres and very occasionaly just over 7 metre but taken into account this is very rare but possible given the exact right available food and habitat in very remote areas far from human interference, generally Nile crocs max out at just over 5 metres with the exception like Gustave who is said to be 5.8 metres.

  10. Not propeshy

    Want to see an 8m saltwater crocodile? Visit crocodile farms in Thailand or Phillipines.. 7m can be found in crocodile farms in Australia and Borneo..

    1. Gecko got big

      Sorry, Guinness lists the record at 20.24 feet (6.17 meters) long, 2,370-pound (1,075-kilogram) indo-pacific salty caught outside Bunawan township, Philippines. The previous captive record-holder was a 17.97-foot-long (5.48-meter-long) Australian-caught saltwater crocodile.

      Thought you’d like to know.

  11. will

    mate the saltie is heavier, bigger, faster, smarter (in water), stronger and is an apex predator, it eats sharks and has the strongest bite of any animal, show me some evidence that a Nile croc could “easily kill” a saltie. the only advantage your Nile croc has is speed on land not water, and for an aquatic based animal that’s not the best thing.

  12. will

    i’m just going to set this straight, the salt water crocodile weights 900-1100 kg’s, was thicker and harder scales, is smarter (proven to be the smartest of all reptiles by scientist’s), has a much stronger bite (7,500 psi), is longer (5.5-7.5 meters) and is faster (in water). the biggest animal it hunts are water buffalo, sharks of all species, mainly bull sharks and occasionally white sharks, cows, pigs, boar, horse, kangaroo, dingo, snakes, fish, crabs, birds, bats, insects and frogs (when young) and any other animal including fresh water and young salt water crocodiles. the Nile croc weighs from 800-900 kg’s, has thick scales but not as thick or hard as a salties, is smart but not as smart as the saltie, doesn’t have as a stronger bite (6000 psi), isn’t as long (5-6.2 meters), and eats fish, young hippo, giraffe, young elephants, big cats, hyenas, wild dog, snakes, zebra, wilder beast, buffalo, crustaceans and froms when young. the saltie has every advantage and reason to win but in the end are both apex amazing predators which have out lived the greatest of dinosaurs. but against any other animal are pretty much untouchable.

    1. Dennis

      Another wrong answer Nile has the stronger bite there brainiac What a MORON!

    2. Matthew Ko

      Great white sharks and crocs barely ever meet, so a croc would not predate upon a great white at all. Plus, they would leave eachother alone- too much risk for injury for both animals. Crocs do eat bull sharks all the time though.
      Most of what else u said is correct though.

  13. John Castro

    size matters for crocs so slat water wills heres what happens. the nile croc bites the leg but the salt water bites again the nile can’t death roll a creature bigger then him then salt water croc bites the belly he easily rolls him ripping off limbs then bite again kills the nile croc then lets go of his lifeless body into the river.

  14. Wwinsti

    I noticed that they are in the same genus. So could they hybridize if, uh, you know, they didn’t want to fight?

  15. Micheal

    Does it honestly matter with size, strength, or weight? Both predators would have an adrenaline surge for the fight, and whichever croc has the longer lasting surge will win in all likelihood. On top of that there would be many other deciding factors such as experience, previous injuries, and overall health.

  16. jake

    I think the saltie wins because its a little bigger stronger meaner and has more powerful jaws

    the only thing the nile has is that it has more thick skin than the saltie

  17. Albert

    the nile croc is more aggressive, it hunts bigger animals consistently, more muscular less fat, like comparing a lion with a tiger, a lion has the same advantages, little lighter but stronger more aggressive and territorial, don’t write back i know for a fact

  18. Martin Hill

    Male crocs are territorial and fight. Biggest and strongest will win. Now I’ve always read that Salties are biggest crocodiles, so the biggest and healthiest of thesewin. The trouble is I don’t know whether that is tue. For instance I always believed Siberian Tigers were the biggest living felids, but now not only are Bengal Tigers said to be bigger but Lions are bigger still. Which is true I don’t know. Most on line sources just follow Wikipedia blindly on these matters, but Wikipedia is often out of date or just plain wrong. I guess you just have to weigh up what you think is most likely

  19. MalcolmSuperstar

    Philippines Crocodiles are the most dangerous and are much heavier than the Nile and much bigger/ and loger than the Australian Crocs.

    Lolong was the longest and heaviest ever caught in the wild, presently there are over hundreds of crocks over 7 metre or 22 ft in the wild in southern Philippines weighing over 2000lbs

  20. Gordon Brown

    Pretty sure the Salty is both bigger, heavier and stronger than the Nile.


    An apex saltie can easily stump the stupid and sluggish nile.Saltwater crocodiles have the strongest bite of any living animal. A 4.59 m (15.1 ft)-long saltwater crocodile has been confirmed as having the highest bite force ever recorded for an animal in a laboratory setting, with a bite force value of 16,414 N (1,673.8 kgf) (surpassing the previous record of 13,172 N (1,343.2 kgf) made by an American alligator (Alligator mississippinesis)).[115][116] Based on the regression of mean body mass and mean bite force, the bite forces of multiple crocodile species, 1,308 kg (2,884 lb) individuals were estimated at 27,531 N (2,807.4 kgf) to 34,424 N (3,510.3 kgf).[116] The extraordinary bite of crocodilians is a result of their anatomy. The space for the jaw muscle in the skull is very large, which is easily visible from the outside as a bulge at each side. The nature of the muscle is extremely stiff, almost as hard as bone to the touch, such that it can appear to be the continuum of the skull. Another trait is that most of the muscle in a crocodile’s jaw is arranged for clamping down. Despite the strong muscles to close the jaw, crocodiles have extremely small and weak muscles to open the jaw. The jaws of a crocodile can be securely shut with several layers of duct tape.[117]Nile:6000psi.
    saltie easily takes this one

  22. Al Bondigas

    The Saltwater crocodile is the winner and makes for better eating. Carefully simmered in a nice white wine sauce (eg. Gewürztraminer) and spices, the Saltie makes for delicious eating. The Nile croc, on the other hand tastes of hippo dung.

  23. Willnerd

    it seems that those who wrote about this subject do not have much information on the subject or picked it up on any website, just to be clear the porosus crocodile is the largest and most powerful reptile on the planet this is a consensus among herpetologists, of course it was not yours intention to pass information not verisimia good so i hope, saltwater crocodile measures It is considerably bigger than niloticus both in the past and currently, and another mistake was about ah bite the marine crocodile is the owner of the most powerful bite in the world is 1300 kg in 5.5 meter explares and their bite is even more extraordinary in larger animals like the famous lolong or kalia, nile crocodiles are not far behind they are the second in the ranking in size of crocodilians

  24. Animal Lover

    Both these reptiles share the same bauplan and have similar bodily morphology. They are both also equally experienced in intraspecific conflict.

    However, the saltwater crocodile is larger, stronger, and has a better bite, and thus, would likely win this fight. Salties also target each other’s skulls more frequently during intraspecific conflict (though male Nile Crocs also do the same on occasion).

    Also, the weights stated by the author are incorrect. Extant crocodilians in the 900 to 2000 kg weight range are rare statistical outliers, and can’t move as well as their smaller counterparts. The average weight for male nile crocs is ~350 kg, while male saltwater crocs are around 450 kg.


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