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Saltwater Crocodile ~ Crocodylus Porosus

1-saltwater-crocodile-crocodylus-porosus-mike-parryThe saltwater crocodile also scientifically known as Crocodylus Porosus has been living on earth for millions of years. They are huge, aggressive and territorial and they tend to attack humans. Saltwater crocodiles are apparently more dangerous then normal crocodiles. Saltwater crocodiles are considered very intelligent and sophisticated animals and have a jaw set between 64 to 68 teeth.

Saltwater crocodiles, also known as salties, are the largest living reptiles on earth where adult males can reach up to 7 meters and can weigh between 1,000 to 1,200 kilograms whereas the females can only reach up to 3 meters. Female salties lay between 40 – 60 eggs on an average basis but can sometimes lay up to 90 eggs at one time. Although there are a lot of eggs being laid, most of the hatchlings wont make it due to its surroundings and predators.

The main diet for saltwater crocodiles are birds, snakes, wild boar, turtles and even water buffaloes. Saltwater crocodiles will usually hide underwater only exposing their eyes and nose, waiting for the right prey to come along before it snaps its jaws into it.

Despite its deadly jaws and ferocious attitude, salties are now being hunted for its leather as its demand rises in recent years. Crocodile farms are established to raise crocodiles solely for its hide but it is not enough and it cannot compete with the worldwide demands for its leather. Saltwater crocodiles are not yet officially threatened, however in many countries, populations have declined significantly.

 

 

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