Saltwater Crocodile

Saltwater Crocodile

Scientific Name: Crocodylus porosus
Common Names: Saltwater Crocodile, Estuarine Crocodile

Maximum adult length: 6 metres (19.6 feet)

 

N.B. Exceptionally large specimens can be found in all species of crocodilian.

 

The saltwater crocodile, also known as saltie, estuarine or Indo-Pacific crocodile, is the largest of all living reptiles, as well as the largest terrestrial predator in the world. Adult males can reach sizes of up to 6.7 metres (22 feet) and weigh over 1000kg (2,200 lb), although few exceed 5 metres (16.4 feet) in length. As its name implies, this species can live in salt water, but usually resides in mangrove swamps, estuaries, deltas, lagoons, and lower stretches of rivers. Due to their formidable size and wide geographical range, saltwater crocodiles are considered to be one of the most dangerous animals on earth.

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

References

IUCN Red List (September, 2014) http://www.iucnredlist.org

 

At the zoo

On Wednesday, 14 May 2014, three adult female saltwater crocodiles arrived at Crocodiles of the World. The animals came from Alligator Bay, Normandy, France. Measuring between 2.3 metres (7.5 feet) and 2.5 metres (8.2 feet), the salties arrived at the zoo in good physical health and, despite reportedly being very shy, have already started to become acclimated to their new surroundings and to experience life at Crocodiles of the World.

 

Adopters

  • George Buckle
  • Laura Magnani
  • Dana Victoria-Louise
  • Daisy Spurway
  • Billy Kennedy
  • Matthew Waugh

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