The life of the very young hatchlings in the free nature can already reveal some significant lessons that will be very important when facing larger crocodiles.
The saltwater crocodile is by far not only a predator during his life. In fact most of the young crocodiles themselves fall prey to birds, reptiles, fish or to other crocodiles in the first stadium of life. Only a few percent of hatchlings will reach the adult age.
When watching the smallest crocodiles for hours, it becomes obvious that there are few variations in the characteristics of the individuals of every breed. Some are very careful and restraint while others behave more like go-getters.
The latter are much easier to recognise, as can be seen in this group of four very small hatchlings, pictured from out of a tree - which could be the position of a hunting bird.
The hatchling in the middle was most active, not only in this moment but all the time, while the one on the right bottom also moved around but seemed to take much more care not to be without cover. It is easy to understand that in the big picture only the very caution ones will stay alive until the age of reproduction.