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How to Survive a Crocodile Attack

An encounter with a crocodile doesn't have to end in blood and lost limbs. If you're in an area with a crocodile population, know what to do to live through an attack in one piece.


  • TIP: Other vulnerable areas on a crocodile include the nostrils and ears.
  • Step 1: Get to a doctor immediately if you are bitten by a crocodile. Their mouths are breeding grounds for harmful bacteria, and you're almost certain to suffer an infection without immediate medical attention. The best way to survive, of course, is to not get attacked in the first place!
  • FACT: Crocodiles can live up to 70 years in the wild.
  • Step 2: Fight back if you suffer an encounter with a crocodile. Rather than struggling and trying to get away, get aggressive. Go for the eyes -- hit and poke the animal's eyes with any potential weapon, even your hands.
  • Step 3: Stay calm if you fall into crocodile-infested water. Don't splash or thrash about, or you may attract any crocs in the area.
  • TIP: Never go in the water at dusk or nighttime, when crocodiles are most actively hunting.
  • Step 4: Keep your eyes peeled. Crocodiles are sneaky and can submerge themselves entirely in the water or rest for hours with only their eyes and nostrils above the surface. Keep your hands and feet inside a boat when you're in infested water, and stay away from the water when you're walking on the shore.
  • Step 5: Run away from a crocodile if you encounter one on land. They can't run very fast and they tire easily, so most people will easily be able to outrun one.
  • Step 6: Avoid crocodile-infested waters. If you're not sure, ask local residents and authorities about the crocodile or alligator population in the area. Only swim inside designated areas, and avoid places where crocodiles are known to hunt, backwaters, and inlets.

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