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New Guinea Freshwater Crocodile

Crocodylus novaeguineae


Medium sized crocodile with males reaching lengths of 3.5m and females 2.7 - 3m although in both, larger animals have been reported. This specimen estimated at around 1.8 - 2m long. A grey brown colour with darker patches and some banding on the tail. These fade with age so assuming this spotting is a younger animal. The snout is pointed and quite narrow, again especially in younger animals and broadens with age.


There are two distinct populations of this species, a northern and southern one. This spotting is of the southern group found in the Ketu River, a tributary of the Fly River near Kiunga, PNG.


Both populations of this crocodile are separated by a mountain range and small differences between the populations exist such as skull morphology and scale arrangement. Ref: Wikipedia New Guinea Crocodile

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triggsturner 7 years ago

Thanks Mark.

MacChristiansen 7 years ago

Congratulations Bob for your spotting of the week

triggsturner 7 years ago

Thank you Jim. Appreciate the support.

Jim Nelson
Jim Nelson 7 years ago

You never disappoint, Triggs...well done!

triggsturner 7 years ago

Thank you again Polilla. If anyone is interested in my collected spotting from PNG, I have started a new mission The Fauna and Flora of Papua New Guinea. Anyone is most welcome to join and or add relevant spottings. I have a few more to add over the next week or two.

triggsturner 7 years ago

Thank you Scott. Incredible place to work. Hope your memories are good ones. Rob.

triggsturner 7 years ago

Thank you Pradeep for your support.

triggsturner 7 years ago

Thank you Ashley and PN Rangers for the SOTW. Very happy to show case some of the astonishing species of PNG.

Scott Frazier
Scott Frazier 7 years ago

Very nice, and brings back memories for me, since I started out working with wildlife (both this species and C. porosus specifically) in this very area, oh so many years ago. :-)

Pradeep Kumar
Pradeep Kumar 7 years ago

Congratulations for the spotting of the week!

AshleyT 7 years ago

Congrats Robert, this awesome crocodile has been selected as Spotting of the Week!



triggsturner 7 years ago

Thank you Ashley. I appreciate the nomination.

AshleyT 7 years ago

Your spotting has been nominated for the Spotting of the Week. The winner will be chosen by the Project Noah Rangers based on a combination of factors including: uniqueness of the shot, status of the organism (for example, rare or endangered), quality of the information provided in the habitat and description sections. There is a subjective element, of course; the spotting with the highest number of Ranger votes is chosen. Congratulations on being nominated!

triggsturner 7 years ago

Thank you Polilla. Not exactly cute but beautiful none the less.

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Western, Papua New Guinea

Spotted on Jul 26, 2016
Submitted on Aug 25, 2016

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