Sea Reptiles and Turtles

THE SALTWATER CROCODILE

the saltwater crocodile
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The saltwater crocodile (Crocodylus porosus), or double-crested crocodile, is a crocodile belonging to the order Crocodilians in the family Crocodilidae. It has fewer armored scales on his neck than other species. This reptile is probably the largest crocodilian in existence today.
The saltwater crocodile is one of twelve species belonging to the genus Crocodylus.

OrderCrocodilia
Sub-orderCrocodylidae
FamilyCrocodylidae
GenusCrocodylus
Size4.30 to 5.80 meters (some males may reach 7 meters)
Weight270 to 880 kg (more than one tonne for larger specimens)
Lifespan55 to 75 years old
Habitat and distributionfreshwater and open sea of the Bay of Bengal (Indian Ocean), South-East Asia and Northern Australia
Conservation statusunthreatened

Called “Saltie” in Australia, it is the most giant and most dangerous crocodile in the world. Unlike other Crocodiles, it lives in saltwater marine waters as well as freshwater lakes and rivers.
Adults can kill Buffalo-sized animals and are responsible for the deaths of 1,000 people each year. The female lays 90 eggs in a mound of sand and leaves, she ferociously protects the nest and gently carries her young to the water when they hatch.

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