Rains encourage young crocodiles to disperse, often into small pans inland, away from all the competition in the major rivers and dams. These wet periods are a test of vigilance and resilience in young reptiles. They have to learn all their competitive skills. If they survive this ordeal they will be normally be successful as adults.
This was the scenario we came across in the Linyanti area of Botswana. A pack of Cape Hunting dogs spent time charging and teasing a Nile crocodile only to give up after two hours.
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