Posted by: Dr. Y. | December 16, 2016

How Crocodile got Its Ugly Skin



This story is from a book called “The Secret of the Crocodile“, a Namibia Oral Tradition Project, published by New Namibia Books. (Paraphrased)

The crocodile originally had a beautiful smooth golden skin, and it stayed that way because the crocodile would spend all day in the muddy waters and only come out at night.

During the day all the other animals would come and admire it’s beautiful golden skin.

The crocodile became very proud of its skin and started coming out of the water to bask in the other animals’ admiration, even while the sun was shining. He began thinking he was better than the other animals and started bossing them around.

The other African animals became bored with his change in attitude and fewer and fewer started showing up to look at his skin.

But each day that the crocodile exposed his skin to the hot African sun, it would get uglier and bumpier and thicker, and was soon transformed into what looked like bulging armor.

Crocodile never recovered from the humiliating shame and even today will disappear from view when others approach, with only his eyes and nostrils above the surface of the water.


  1. So glad I found your site! Wishing you the best for 2017!!!


    • Thanks… I wish you the best too for 2017!

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  2. Hi
    It seems you have a great site. Its my first time here!
    Concerning legends from Africa, please look (and advertise) at and find stories, proverbs, riddles and myths, all in African languages (mother tongues) , for the benefit of minor ethnic groups.
    Thank you


    • Thanks Eti for your great work on for stories, proverbs, riddles and myths in African languages. Keep up the great work!


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