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Mugger Crocodile

Crocodylus palustris


A large Mugger Crocodile spotted in Gal Oya, Sri Lanka. The mugger crocodile is considered a medium-sized crocodilian, but has the broadest snout among living crocodilians. It has a powerful tail and webbed feet. Its visual, hearing and smelling senses are acute. Adult female muggers are 2 to 2.5 m (6 ft 7 in to 8 ft 2 in) on average, and male muggers 3 to 3.5 m (9 ft 10 in to 11 ft 6 in). They rarely grow up to 5 m (16 ft 5 in). The largest known muggers measured 5.63 m (18 ft 6 in)


There are two species of crocodile in Sri Lanka, the Mugger (marsh) Crocodile and the Saltwater Crocodile.

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1 Comment

Neil Ross
Neil Ross 4 weeks ago

Great spotting, Chris. That's an impressive animal.

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Uva Province, Sri Lanka

Spotted on Mar 23, 2018
Submitted on Oct 22, 2020

Spotted for Mission

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