Archive for the ‘Crocodiles’ Category
Posted on July 19, 2010 - by admin
Crocodiles come in different forms but they are pretty all the same, sharp teeth, ugly head, and pretty skin.
Of all the crocodilians including alligators, caimans, garial, false garial and crocodiles, Crocodylus Porosus is the largest. Where do they live? Right here in the land downunder. That’s right; the saltwater or estuarine crocodiles, the world’s largest, still calls Australia home.
We also have the freshwater crocodiles – Crocodylus Johnstoni – taken from the Johnstone river in Queensland where they were discovered. They are called freshies and are less aggressive than the estuarine croc. they feed primarily on fish and some small rodents. No! this does not mean you can walk up and pat them. They live in fresh water, rarely grow over three metres and are basically passive, when left alone. They are unlikely to stalk you, however, will bite if annoyed, threatened or if they have young. (more…)
Posted on May 27, 2010 - by admin
Crocodylus porosus or the Saltwater Crocodile
The saltwater crocodile is the largest reptile in the world. Males can grow up to 7 metres long, while females can reach a still-impressive 3 metres. In Australia, crocodiles were hunted to near extinction, but their numbers have increased since receiving protection in about 1970. As their name suggests, saltwater crocodiles can live quite happily in salt water. They have numerous salt glands on their tongues which get rid of excess salt from the crocodiles’ bodies. (more…)
Posted on May 26, 2010 - by admin
Crocodylus johnsoni or the Freshwater Crocodile
The freshwater crocodile is the smaller of the two crocodile species found in Australia. Males reach a maximum length of about 3 metres, while the females grow to about 1.5 metres. In the wild the freshwater crocodile is a relatively shy animal that feeds primarily on fish. The snout of this crocodile is long and smooth, compared to the wide, rugged snout of the saltwater crocodile. Crocodiles can easily be called living dinosaurs. With a perfectly evolved body for long life with little need of exertion or food, crocodiles, now that they are protected, should be around for another million years or so. (more…)