Saltwater Crocodile

Zoo Location: Crocodile Swamp
 Saltwater Crocodile
Habitat

This magnificent reptile lives in saltwater coastal areas, freshwater rivers and swamps in Australia, South East Asia and Sri Lanka.

Wild Diet

Juveniles take smaller items such as insects, amphibians, crustaceans & fish. Adults take reptiles, birds and mammals.

Behaviour

Saltwater crocodiles are the largest crocodilian in the world and have a bite force of 3,700lb (a human's typical bite force is just 150lb!). They are very aquatic and can live in saltwater because they have a specialised gland on their tongue to get rid of the salt.

You'll be sure to spot our female saltwater crocodile, Zilla, during your visit - either lurking in her pool or relaxing under specially-designed heat lamps.

Breeding

This species constructs a mound, usually made of vegetation and mud and lays around 40 to 60 eggs. The female guards the nest, help dig out the hatching eggs, and even gently roll the eggs in their mouth to assist hatching. The female will then carry the hatchlings to water, and remain with the young for several months. The young start to disperse at about 8 months, and territorial behaviour begins at 2.5 years.

Conservation

Trade in crocodile skins is controlled by international law (CITES) and crocodile farming has reduced pressure on the wild populations resulting in their numbers recovering in many areas. However they also face threats of hunting and habitat loss.

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INFORMATION

  • Latin Name: Crocodylus porosus
  • Class: Reptiles
  • Order: Crocodylia
  • Family: Crocodylidae
  • Conservation status: Least Concern
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