Stunning Saltwater Crocodiles

Posted in Wildlife A-Z | May 5, 2010 | Comment Now

Saltwater crocodiles are the largest living crocodile species on the planet. They are also known as estuarine crocodiles. Saltwater crocodiles are famous as they are said to eat humans.

Male crocodiles grow to an average size of 17 feet. They weigh nearly 1000 pounds. Some crocodiles grow up to 23 feet and are know to weigh nearly 2200 pounds.

Saltwater crocs are affectionately referred to as ‘salties’ by the Australians. Their striking range is enormous. They inhabit the brackish and freshwater areas of eastern India, Southeast Asia, and northern Australia. They are exceptional swimmers and are often spotted far into the sea.

Saltwater crocodiles are opportunistic predators. They hide with a lot of patience below the surface of water along the edge. Their prey includes animals that stop for a gulp of water. They are known to eat anything that they can lay their jaws upon.

Their prey includes water buffalos, monkeys, wild boar, and sometimes sharks. They emerge from the water without warning and with a splash of their powerful tails. They grasp their prey and drag it into water. They hold it under water until the prey drowns.

Worldwide population ranges from 200,000 to 300,000. Saltwater crocodiles are not at risk for extinction. The hides of these crocodiles are of high value and are in great demand. There is a loss of habitat due to illegal hunting. There is lots of animosity toward the species as they are considered man-eaters.

Saltwater crocs spend the wet climate in freshwater swamps and rivers. In the dry season, they move downstream toward the estuaries. These crocodiles compete with one another fiercely over territory. Male predominantly occupy stretches of streams and creeks. Younger crocodiles inhabit the river systems and oceans. This accounts for the large distribution of saltwater crocodiles.

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