Saltwater crocodile – Hlawga National Park

Saltwater crocodile

length Male: 14 – 17 ft, Female: 7.5 – 11 ft
Weight Male: 880lbs. – 2200lb, Female 180 – 220 lbs.
Sexual Maturity 12 – 16 years Female – 7years
Gestation Period 1 – 2 months (4- 6 weeks)
Incubation period Around 90 days (12 weeks)
Life Span 70 years
Saltwater crocodile ( Crocodylus porosus)

Distribution - Brackish and freshwater regions of eastern India, Southeast Asia, and northern Australia

Characteristics - It is the largest living reptile. They are grey or brown in colour. They have a broad, heavy set body with a large head, and a wide snout. They have a pair of ridges that run from their eyes to their nose. The teeth are also long, with the largest teeth having been measured at up to 9 cm (3.5 in ) in length. Their jaws are strong and they have short, strong limbs. Their brains are much smaller than those of mammals.

Habit - During the wet season they spend their time in fresh water swamps and rivers but during the dry season they move down stream to estuaries and can sometimes be seen in the open sea. They are territorial and dominant males tend to occupy the most eligible areas of rivers and freshwater streams.

Food - Saltwater Crocodiles mainly feed upon mammals, birds and fish.

Remark -  Their conservation status is Least Concern

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