Gorillas are highly powerful and intelligent creatures that live in the rainforests and other areas of Africa. Despite their shrinking numbers, they’re a powerful animal that many other creatures fear. Crocodiles also live in and around the rivers and lakes of Africa and other areas around the world. So, what happens if a gorilla roams too far into a crocodile’s watery home and a fight starts? Discover how gorillas take down alligators.
What are key differences between a gorilla and a crocodile?
Gorillas are mammals and crocodiles are reptiles. Crocodiles are quadrupedal and gorillas are mostly bipedal, but they use their hands to help them walk. Crocodiles are larger and heavier than gorillas. Also, crocodiles have stronger jaws and larger teeth than gorillas.
Although gorillas are far more intelligent than crocodiles, their senses are not as acute. Crocodiles are all about stealthy attacks, but gorillas prefer to scare animals off and avoid physical confrontations when possible.
How gorillas attack crocodiles
1. Speed and movement
Gorillas can move very quickly even though their primary form of locomotion is knucklewalking. They reach speeds of 25 mph, but they are not swift in the water.
Crocodiles are fast on land and in water, reaching speeds of 22 mph and 15 mph respectively. However, keep in mind their land speed is only ever very short bursts
Gorillas have a slight speed advantage over crocodiles.
2. Physical defenses
When trying to fend off predators or aggressors, gorillas rely on their perception of aggressiveness to drive away others. Their threat display and vast size are usually enough to send other animals scampering away. However, another great defense is their speed.
3. Combat skills of a gorilla and a crocodile
Both gorillas and crocodiles are effective attackers. Although gorillas are peaceful, they turn into furious and aggressive creatures that will bite, beat, and dismember creatures when they are threatened. Gorillas are mostly herbivorous, though, so they don’t go looking for fights against apex predators.
Crocodiles are aggressive ambush predators. Their combat skills include camouflaging in their environment or waiting beneath the water and then launching a devastating attack. A bite from a crocodile will turn bones into splinters. After they bite, the horror begins. Crocodiles use a death roll to dismember limbs and rip away large chunks of flesh.
Both gorillas and crocodiles are highly dangerous beasts, so they get a tie in combat skills.
A crocodile would win a fight against a gorilla if the fights would begin in or near water, and a gorilla doesn’t stand a chance in that scenario. If a crocodile bit and dragged the gorilla into the water, then it’s a simple victory.
The two creatures might meet each other on land, though. That fight would be far more interesting since the gorilla can use its greater agility to move around the crocodile’s body and inflict terrible damage with its powerful hands and teeth.
The gorilla must only land a single attack to effectively end the crocodile’s threat. A serious bite to the midsection might have the least significant impact on a crocodile of any bite, and that’s saying something. Attacks on the limbs would result in death rolls and amputations, and a bite to the head could crush the crocodile’s skull.
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