Crocodile Facts

When you holiday in the Northern Territory, it is wise to check with Parks and Wildlife centres to discover where it is safe to get into the water. There are water leisure centres and tours to keep you safe from the saltwater croc. They are quite soft and cold to the touch. Help feed the small and huge crocodiles. Get some great photos. Read the following to find out what you may not know about the’salty’.

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Their teeth are sharp-pointed, inter-locking and are perpetually replaced. A single croc might grow up to 3,000 teeth in its lifetime. How amazing is that? A small bird hops into the ancient estuarine Crocodile’s mouth and cleans its teeth.

2. A saltwater crocodile swallows stones and pebbles

It is considered the purpose of this is to give them ballast when diving, and are frequently ingested to aid digestion – crushing food by means of a grinding activity within the gizzard of the stomach.

3. A saltwater crocodile can and will walk hundreds of kilometers overland.

Since Northern Australia has some small, inoffensive crocodiles limited to brackish or fresh water, most individuals believe all inland crocodiles are freshwater crocodiles. That is extremely misleading. It can and has lulled people taking great risks in what are now unsafe places as they know the freshwater crocodile to be generally harmless,unless provoked. The saltwater crocodile begins its life in brackish or fresh water, and only travels out to the ocean when it’s nearly fully grown to search for new territory.

4. A saltwater crocodile can and will swim in from ocean estuaries hundreds of kilometers

Saltwater crocodiles are known to live there for the rest of their lives. Therefore, do not think that they are only in the ocean.

5. A saltwater crocodile has greatly ossified scales along its back called the armor.

Their scales are the same material that hooves and claws are created out of; keratin. One of the main purposes of crocodile scales is due to their own protection.

6. The saltwater breeding female crocodile will cool her eggs with water carried by her mouth to the nest or spray urine on them.

In the breeding season between September to May, the female builds a nest of a scratched up pile of rotting plant matter and sand or sand. She lays about 30 to 90 eggs and covers them with a lot of the same material. They are incubated for 3 weeks. The saltwater crocodile lays in the wet season and several nests are destroyed by floodwaters.

7. The saltwater breeding female crocodile will collect the hatchlings in her mouth.

When she hears the babies chirping, she digs them out of the nest and carefully carries them to the water’s edge in her mouth. She will watch over them until they can look after themselves.

8. A saltwater male crocodile is cannibalistic.

Juvenile crocodiles are eaten by the territorial older men. Even with all the mother’s care, only about 20% survive to maturity, as goannas, snakes, sharks, turtles and birds will eat them, too.

9. The saltwater crocodile has a solid muscular tail that it uses to propel itself forward

Each of the propulsion and steering comes in the paddling of the flattened tail.

10. Crocodile culling was last completed in 1971 from the Northern Territory.

Saltwater crocodiles are now, sadly, becoming a public menace as their numbers increase. They’ve increased in the Northern Territory from approximately 5,000 to 80,000 in 38 years, and they’re moving closer to residential areas.

Is it up to us to remain out of the way?

It’s the larger crocodile that strains and it would be these huge ones which the crocodile hunter would target. The Parks and Wildlife have taken many large dangerous saltwater crocodiles away from regions that humans also regular. They have been known to return in a few weeks, unless they are taken to a crocodile farm. It has been said, by interested parties, that even though dozens of crocodiles were culled, how can it be ensured that just 1 crocodile will not come into a proclaimed safe location. It only takes one reptile to kill 1 person.