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Jaws!

By wideangler
Just a small one at about 12 feet

Since crocodiles feed by grabbing and holding onto their prey, they have evolved sharp teeth for tearing and holding onto flesh, and powerful muscles that close the jaws and hold them shut. These jaws can bite down with immense force, by far the strongest bite of any animal. The pressure of the crocodile's bite is more than 5,000 pounds per square inch compared to just 335 pounds per square inch for a rottweiler, 400 pounds per square inch for a large great white shark, 800 pounds per square inch for a hyena or 2,000 pounds per square inch for a large alligator.

Mmmmmm. I'll stay out of the water then!

Tags: South africa Crocodile Wildlife and nature KNZ St Lucia Estuary

Voters: PattiW, Maiwand, Daisymaye and 6 more


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Maiwand Plus
10 3 72 England
7 Apr 2011 10:29PM
I hope I never have to put those facts to the test Neil !!Tongue Great shot.
Ron

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pluckyfilly Plus
10 351 33 United Kingdom
8 Apr 2011 8:32AM
good shot but maybe a little more saturation is needed here
rogerfry 11 543 United Kingdom
8 Apr 2011 12:39PM
Very interesting facts Neil. The other side of the coin is that although they have incredible bite pressure, the jaw opening muscles are pretty weak, and in theory you can keep the jaws shut with a piece of string....wouldn't want to put it to the test though!

Nice shot of this handsome (?) beast.

Roger
davey_griffo 7 213 165 England
10 Apr 2011 9:17AM
Even the weakest of them probably make man look pathetic & wimpy. Smile

Apparently that's the difference between man & ape. We gave up the powerful jaw muscles so that the skull could expand, leaving more room for a larger brain. You wouldn't know it sometimes, though.

Impressive shot. He's actually quite well camouflaged down there in the mud. But then they are ambush predators.

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