The Mugger Crocodile of Udawalawe

Mahoora Tented Safari Camp - Udawalawe National Park 

Fun Facts
The mugger crocodile gets its name from the way its teeth are placed. The mugger crocodile’s top and bottom set of teeth tend to overhang when it closes its mouth, unlike the American alligator, who in comparison shows only its top teeth when its mouth is closed. Another fun facts about these crocodiles are that the males are polygynous, where only one male will mate with multiple females. 

Lesser Known Facts
The mugger crocodile, also known as the ‘Marsh crocodile’ is a croc of medium to large size with a broadset snout of all living members of the genus Crocodylus. They look more like alligators than any other crocodile, especially with their rounded snout as most crocodiles are known to have pointy and straight edged snouts. 

Like most other crocodiles, muggers too feature a flat head where their eyes, ears and nose are placed on top, making it easier for them to see, hear and breathe above water when their bodies are submerged in water. 

Where To Find Him
The mugger crocodiles can be found in the Indian subcontinent, including Sri Lanka in the East, Iran in the West and Pakistan and Nepal in the North. This species is found in freshwater lakes, marshes and ponds and over time has adapted well to surviving in reservoirs, man-made ponds, irrigation canals and coastal saltwater lagoons. 

The mugger crocodiles prefer shallow bodies of water, with the water no more than 5 meters deep and it avoids fast flowing rivers. Muggers may sometimes bury themselves into the mud to avoid the searing heat during the dry season. 



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"Thanks to our guide Avinka we had five great safaris staying four nights just after reopening this February. The staff made us feel so very welcome during the entire stay.

The safaries are just wonderful, and having a great guide in your vehicle makes a big difference. Avinka can spot animals you would never see and we were even lucky enough to sight leopards on the trees, close to our vehicle, and also running through the field. The wildlife is so exciting that you will have a great experience even if you don‘t see any leopards. We also had a great driver, which is essential if you drive through difficult territory. You are being taken care of the entire time, so even for those who do safaris for the first time, you will always feel safe.

The camp itself is very comfortable, you get everything you can think of, and on top of the great food being served with so much attention and friendliness. You also get wonderful vegetarian and vegan options. They put on bonfires at night, which makes it unforgettable.
When booking and making plans, you get great support from the headquarters, even if it gets difficult since you have to change your plans.
The best thing what can happen to you at the end of a vacation is when you are a bit sad to leave the place, having experienced something to remember forever, and the team does everything for this to happen. Thank you so much"

Axel S wrote, Traveled with family
January 2021

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