COMMON NAME: Salt Water
SCIENTIFIC NAME: Crocodylus
GENUS: Crocodylus Laurenti
SIZE (m): +5
DESCRIPTION: Grey, brown or almost
black above, with irregular darker mottling. Whitish below. The snout
is relatively broad, granular; in adults the distance between the
tip of the snout and a point midway between the eyes is less than
twice the width of the head at the level of the eyes. Isolated enlarged
nuchal shields in two rows, separated anteriorly from the smooth skinned
parietal region by more than eight granular scales. 7 metres but rarely
exceeds 5 metres
HABITAT: Coastal regions of northern
and north-eastern Australia. Ranges extra-limitally from islands of
western Pacific through Indo-Malaysia to South-east Asia and India.
MICRO-HABITAT: An inhabitant of
coastal rivers and swamps, though often seen in the open sea, but
extending well inland via major rivers and the billabongs in the river
floodplains. Largely nocturnal, feeding on crustaceans, fish, reptiles,
birds and mammals. About 60 eggs are laid high up on river banks during
the wet season.
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