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Estuarine (saltwater) crocodile

Crocodylus porosus

Description:

Largest extant crocodilian species. Mature males can reach 6m in length. Maximum size for females about 4m large and very scary

Habitat:

Rivers, estuaries, and seashore. Could be lurking in any large, coastal bodies of water in its range from South East Asia through Indonesia to Northen Australia.

Notes:

Apart from birds, Crocodilians are the only surviving members of the clade Archosauria, which included the dinosaurs. This specimen was a juvenile female which we saw on the Daintree river in Queensland, Australia, one of several we saw in our time in the area.

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4 Comments

moralcoral
moralcoral 9 years ago

Great info and even better pic =)

alicelongmartin
alicelongmartin 9 years ago

Marveleous Close-up!

jake3
jake3 9 years ago

Apparently this particular animal had been released into the wild and therefore had been sexed. It was also nearly fully grown at just under 2 metres. The guides in the area seemed to know many of the crocs in the area, and even had names for them, which was quite interesting.

Scott Frazier
Scott Frazier 9 years ago

Cool spotting! How did you know it was a female if juvenile?

jake3
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jake3

4873, Queensland, Australia

Spotted on Aug 22, 2007
Submitted on Nov 2, 2011

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