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Saltwater Crocodile

Zoo Location: Tropical Forest
Saltwater Crocodile
Habitat

Saltwater coastal areas, freshwater rivers and swamps.

Wild Diet

They feed on a wide range of animals including crabs, turtles, snakes and wading birds. Occasionally they feed on buffalo, wallabies, wild boar, monkeys...and people.

Behaviour

Saltwater crocodiles are also known as estuarine crocodiles because they are regularly found in estuaries. Although they mainly live in freshwater rivers, lakes and swamps, they have also been sighted a thousand kilometres out at sea with barnacles growing on their scales.

Breeding

40 to 60 eggs are laid in a mound built from vegetation and mud; this protects them from flooding and extreme temperatures. After nearly 3 months, when the hatchlings begin to chirp, the female digs them out and carries them to water in her mouth.

Threats

Habitat destruction and hunting for their skin and meat.

Conservation

Trade in their 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.

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INFORMATION

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