Salt Water Crocodile
Updated: Jun 23
Saltwater crocs, or "salties," as Australians affectionately refer to them, have an enormous range, populating the brackish and freshwater regions of eastern India, Southeast Asia, and northern Australia. They are excellent swimmers and have often been spotted far out at sea.
Information obtained from National Geographic say that the Earth’s largest living crocodilian— and, some say, the animal most likely to eat a human—is the saltwater or estuarine crocodile.
Average-size males reach 17 feet and 1,000 pounds, but specimens 23 feet long and weighing 2,200 pounds are not uncommon.
The Saltwater Crocodile (also known as Estuarine Crocodile) is a near-perfect predator—the result of millions of years of evolution. It is a ferocious, expert hunter that commands respect and fear.
Saltwater crocs are huge! Males measure between 5-6 metres, and females come in at a still-impressive 3 metres in length. In the Daintree River, there are thought to be around 70 adult crocodiles. The area is popular for crocodile spotting thanks to its ever-growing population, and proximity to Cairns.
The salty is the largest reptile in the world and can weigh up to 1,000 to 1,200kg.
Hunting and Diet of these Salties show they are classic opportunistic predators, they lurk patiently beneath the surface near the water's edge, waiting for potential prey to stop for a sip of water. They’ll feed on anything they can get their jaws on, including water buffalo, monkeys, wild boar, and even sharks. Without warning, they explode from the water with a thrash of their powerful tails, grasp their victim, and drag it back in, holding it under until the animal drowns.
The threats to survival for these magnificent beasts are considered at low risk for extinction. But saltwater croc hides are valued above all other crocodilians, and illegal hunting, habitat loss, and antipathy toward the species because of its reputation as a man-eater continue to put pressure on the population.
The Daintree Rainforest is one of Australia's greatest natural wonders. Amidst it all, there is a plethora of animal life, including the crocodile
Sadly, for us, we are on the crocodile’s food menu. Though they typically go after smaller reptiles, fish, birds, and turtles, they have hunt humans before. If a large prey is spotted these crocs won’t back down. There are many incidences of croc attacks throughout the tropics, with occurrences happening every year. Many tourists and locals are caught swimming or standing nearby unsafe, crocodile-infested waters. Due to the high risk, the region has very strict guidelines for seeing crocodiles. With warning signs and brochures listing the unsafe areas. Plus only professional tour companies allowed to purposely seek out crocodile
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