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Friday, March 23, 2007

Saltwater Crocodile

Australian Animals Saltwater Crocodile (Crocodylus porosus)

Saltwater Crocodile (Crocodylus porosus)

One off them most beautiful creatures we have seen, to bat not in the wild but in Australian Zoo, is the Saltwater Crocodile. I may say to bat not in the wild now, but I do not know how I would react when I would see one right on front of me. They are very impressive, especially when you consider that these animals have been on this earth for million off years and have not changed. The saltwater crocodile is world’s largest reptile, it can grow till 7m but normal does not grow bigger than 5m. Its colour is grey or brown with whitish underside. They live in swamps or rivers, and eat fish, reptiles, mammals and birds. They stalk there prey and once they have captured it the will roll to take pieces of the prey, if the prey is small enough he will swallow it whole. They can lay up to 60 white eggs, and lay there eggs in a mound of plants and mud on the riverbank. Can you imagine that the temperature off the eggs will determine the sex off the eggs, under 30º and all new born crocodiles will be female, over 32 they will be male. From the 50 till 60 eggs only a fem will survive and be adult crocodiles. You can find them in Queensland, Northern Territory and in Western Australia, also on the coast and inland in rivers.

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