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Australian freshwater crocodile

Crocodylus johnsoni or Crocodylus johnstoni


The freshwater crocodile (Crocodylus johnsoni or Crocodylus johnstoni), also known as the Australian freshwater crocodile, Johnston's crocodile or colloquially as freshie, is a species of reptile endemic to the northern regions of Australia. It is much smaller than the other Australian species, the saltwater crocodile, which is responsible for attacks on people. Unlike their larger saltwater relatives, freshwater crocodiles are not known as man-eaters and rarely cause fatalities although they will bite in self-defense if cornered. The freshwater crocodile is a relatively small crocodilian. Males can grow to 2.3–3 m (7.5–9.8 ft) long, while females reach a maximum size of 2.1 m (6.9 ft).[4] Males commonly weigh around 70 kg (150 lb), with large specimens up to 100 kg (220 lb) or more, against the female weight of 40 kg (88 lb). This species is shy and has a more slender snout than the dangerous saltwater crocodile. The body colour is light brown with darker bands on the body and tail — these tend to be broken up near the neck. Some individuals possess distinct bands or speckling on the snout. Body scales are relatively large, with wide, close-knit armoured plates on the back. Rounded, pebbly scales cover the flanks and outsides of the legs.


This series of photos were taken in a wildlife park in far NE Australia. Many of the animals and birds were outside in walk through areas instead of cages.

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1 Comment

Scott Frazier
Scott Frazier 6 years ago

The scientific name of this crocodile has an interesting if twisted history and you imply that by listing both. Did you read the footnote that pertains to this in your reference? Rules ;-)

4879, Queensland, Australia

Lat: -16.74, Long: 145.67

Spotted on Nov 9, 2012
Submitted on Nov 11, 2012

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