How to Draw a Nile Crocodile

In this quick tutorial you'll learn how to draw a Nile Crocodile in 7 easy steps - great for kids and novice artists.

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Below are the individual steps - you can click on each one for a High Resolution printable PDF version.

At the bottom you can read some interesting facts about the Nile Crocodile.

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How to Draw a Nile Crocodile - Step-by-Step Tutorial

Step 1: Let's draw a Nile crocodile! Draw an oval shape for the head but leave it open!

Step 2: Draw a small oval for the eye, then a squiggly line for the mouth. Right beneath the line, trace two sharp teeth!

Step 3: From the top of the head, trace a long curved line for the back, and from the head, a short line. There's the body!

Step 4: For the front leg, trace a curved line that looks like a backward letter C. At the end, draw pointy shapes for the claws.

Step 5: Draw the other front leg on the other side of the crocodile's head. Trace a curved line, and don't forget those claws!

Step 6: From the first front leg, trace a short line for the belly, and from there, draw the hind leg. Here's a hint: draw the top part of an oval, but instead of closing it, trace a line that leads to the crocodile's claw.

Step 7: There's your Nile crocodile.

Interesting Facts about the Nile Crocodile

The Nile Crocodile is the second biggest reptile in the world. It lives in lakes, rivers, and marshes all throughout Africa. While the Nile Crocodile is able to live in saltwater, it doesn’t normally like to hang out in it.

Did you know?

  • Normally, the Nile Crocodile is between 13 and 16 feet long, and it weighs about 900 lbs.! Though, there have been some Nile Crocodiles found that measured approximately 20 feet long and weighed 2,000 lbs. That’s two tons (which is the weight of a small car)!
  • The Nile Crocodile is a very patient hunter, and it likes to ambush its prey. It can wait for hours, days, and sometimes even weeks for the best time to attack.
  • The bite of a Nile Crocodile is very strong, possibly the strongest of any animal. Their teeth are cone-shaped, and their grip is nearly impossible to break.
  • Funny enough, Nile Crocodiles are very friendly when it comes to socializing with other crocodiles. They’ll even share their food and basking areas with others. Though, it is understood by the crocodiles that the largest and oldest males deserve the most respect.

Baby Nile Crocodiles are hatched from eggs, which are protected by the female until they hatch. Once they hatch, their parents will watch over them, but they are expected to hunt for themselves. Baby Nile Crocodiles are not fed by their parents.