Freshwater Crocodile

Freshwater Crocodile

Scientific name: Crocodylus johnstoni

Common Names: Freshwater crocodile, Australian freshwater crocodile, ‘freshie’

Maximum adult length: >3 metres (10 feet)

Freshwater crocodiles are only found in Australia, inhabiting the freshwater rivers, lakes and ‘billabongs’ of northern Australia. Although they can tolerate saltwater, freshies are kept further upstream by the larger saltwater crocodiles. Despite growing to around 3 metres in length, freshwater crocodile attacks on people are rare, and they are not considered particularly dangerous to humans.

Their jaws are quite narrow, making them easily distinguished from the saltwater crocodiles that also inhabit parts of their range.

Kingdom
ANIMALIA
Phylum
CHORDATA
Class
REPTILIA
Order
CROCODYLIA
Family
CROCODYLIDAE
Genus
CROCODYLUS

References

 

IUCN Red List (www.iucn.redlist.org)

Crocodile Specialist Group Action Plan (iucncsg.org)

At The Zoo

 

You can see our young freshwater crocodiles in the nursery area. These three crocodiles are lively little fellas, so feeding them is always a challenge! They were all bred at Frankfurt Zoo in Germany.

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