Crocodile Relocation

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For the past twelve years, Billie Swamp Safari – an animal part run by the Seminole Tribe of Florida — has cared for four Nile crocodiles. But now it’s time to relocate them into a more permanent habitat outside the park.

But catching these African reptiles is a complicated and dangerous task. Many individuals on staff have never handled a croc before. And to further complicate things, an alligator once broke through his Billie Swamp Safari enclosure and has now reached over 400 pounds in a nearby pond. So the staff is a little weary, and they’ve outlined a plan to safely capture and transport these crocs.

Nile crocodiles are the largest of Africa’s crocodilian species – they can reach twenty feet in length and top 1,500 pounds. The first crocodile the Swamp Men must move is the largest and most aggressive in the pond. At over 500 pounds, he could easily rip off a limb or take a human’s life.

Crocodiles have been thriving on our planet for millions of years, and they’ll attack almost anything that crosses its path – from drinking zebras to baby hippos to flying birds. Experts estimate that Nile crocodiles attack and kill up to 200 people annually.

Follow the Swamp Men as these Nile crocs snap nylon cords and reveal their menancing teeth to avoid capture.

Swamp Men: Croc Swap airs on Monday, December 27th on Nat Geo WILD!