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New Guinea Freshwater Crocodile

Crocodylus novaeguineae

Description:

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.

Habitat:

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.

Notes:

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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14 Comments

triggsturner
triggsturner 5 years ago

Thanks Mark.

MacChristiansen
MacChristiansen 5 years ago

Congratulations Bob for your spotting of the week

triggsturner
triggsturner 5 years ago

Thank you Jim. Appreciate the support.

Jim Nelson
Jim Nelson 5 years ago

You never disappoint, Triggs...well done!

triggsturner
triggsturner 5 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
triggsturner 5 years ago

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

triggsturner
triggsturner 5 years ago

Thank you Pradeep for your support.

triggsturner
triggsturner 5 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 5 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 5 years ago

Congratulations for the spotting of the week!

AshleyT
AshleyT 5 years ago

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

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triggsturner
triggsturner 5 years ago

Thank you Ashley. I appreciate the nomination.

AshleyT
AshleyT 5 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
triggsturner 5 years ago

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

triggsturner
Spotted by
triggsturner

Western, Papua New Guinea

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

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