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In pictures: Tourists snapping selfies with tame crocodiles in Egypt

But beyond bringing in tourist dollars, crocodiles play an important role in the culture of the ethnic group with a history dating to Pharaonic times and its own unique language. Visitors snap selfies with the lounging beasts, while the villagers regale the tourists with Nubian folk tales about the crocodiles.

In pictures: Tourists snapping selfies with tame crocodiles in Egypt

Deep in the Nubia, a region along the Nile in southern Egypt, a baby crocodile sits on Mamdouh Hassan's shoulder to wow tourists. Image: AFP

In pictures: Tourists snapping selfies with tame crocodiles in Egypt

In Gharb Soheil, a Nubian village near Aswan, mummified crocodile heads still adorn the doors of the traditional blue and white domed homes. Image: AFP

In pictures: Tourists snapping selfies with tame crocodiles in Egypt

Outside his humble home in the village, Hassan gently rubbed the back of Francesca -- a 1.5-metre (five-foot)-long, 15-year-old crocodile. Image: AFP

In pictures: Tourists snapping selfies with tame crocodiles in Egypt

Visitors snap selfies with the lounging beasts, while the villagers regale the tourists with Nubian folk tales about the crocodiles. Image: AFP

In pictures: Tourists snapping selfies with tame crocodiles in Egypt

Female crocodiles lay their eggs along the banks of Lake Nasser where Hassan watches for the baby reptiles to emerge before carrying them home. Image: AFP

In pictures: Tourists snapping selfies with tame crocodiles in Egypt

In Gharb Soheil, a Nubian village near Aswan, mummified crocodile heads still adorn the doors of the traditional blue and white domed homes. image: AFP