By Josie  June 16th, 2023

in the Animal Kingdom

The Most Powerful Biting Force

The most powerful bite force in the animal kingdom is awarded to a lethal apex predator, namely the Saltwater Crocodile.

The Saltwater Crocodile can measure 23 feet in length and weigh up to 2,200 pounds.


They inhabit rivers, estuaries, and wetlands in Southeast Asia, Australia, and the Pacific Islands.


With a physiology that allows it to swim swiftly, hunt strategically, and survive in extreme environments, the saltwater crocodile is a lethal predator.

Having the most powerful biting force, it can inflict a bite that can exert a force of more than 3,700 pounds per square inch.

The crocodile’s jaws are incredibly long and powerful and make up more than a third of the crocodile’s total body weight.

Powerful Jaws

Comparing Bite Forces

Lions, for instance, can produce a maximum bite force of around 600 psi, while a hippo’s bite force is estimated to be around 1,800 psi.

It stealthily lurks beneath the water’s surface, with only its eyes and nostrils exposed, waiting patiently for an unsuspecting target.

Hunting Technique

This exceptional bite force allows it to effortlessly take down large prey, including water buffalo and even sharks.

To subdue larger prey, it uses the “death roll,” where it rapidly spins its body, using its powerful tail to disorient and tear apart the captured prey.

The saltwater crocodile (Crocodylus porosus) is listed as a species of “Least Concern” on the IUCN Red List

Conservation Status

However, they suffer from habitat destruction and poaching.

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