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We can find two species of crocodiles, in Australia, however they couldn't be more different. On one hand we have the biggest and most dangerous crocodile species in the world, the saltwater crocodile. There are several attacks and some fatalities attributed to saltwater crocodiles every year.
On the other side we have the freshwater crocodile considered a small to medium sized species, and not considered dangerous to humans, with few attacks and no human fatalities ever recorded. When traveling to Australia and moving in crocodile country, we must always be aware of that fact to avoid any incident. So let's find out a little more about them.
Some Interesting Saltwater crocodile facts
Size: Big, very big, the biggest, measuring up to 7 m (23 feet), although, as with all big creatures, there are myths about specimens of 8, 9 meters or more, but as usualy these remain unconfirmed.
Habitat: They inhabit the north of Australia, in rivers estuaries and can be found in the ocean.
Conservation: This species was hunted down until it was almost extinct. However since the 1970's when they were protected by law their numbers have increased, and it is no longer in danger.
Other names: Saltie, estuarine crocodile or indo-pacific crocodile.
- This is the crocodilian species with the largest territorial distribution in the world reaching from Australia to India trought the Southeast Asia.
- They are capable of shooting their body straigth up almost a third of out of the water using their powerfull tail as can be seen on many jumping crocodile cruises.
Learn some more about the Saltwater crocodile and other crocodiles, alligators, caimans and the Gharial.
Jumping saltwater crocodile
Freshwater crocodile fast facts
Size: Measuring up to 3 m in length, it is small when compared to their big relative the saltie.
Habitat: They also inhabit the north of Australia, in rivers lakes, swamps, billabongs. They are found more on inland habitats, away from saltwater crocodiles.
Conservation: The species was hunted down, almost to extinction, when salties became rare. However since the 1960's they are protected by law and the species numbers have increased, and now, it is no longer in danger.
Other names: Freshie, Australian freshwater crocodile.
This Australian crocodile can gallop at an amazing speed (max 17 kph) and is probably the fastest, this is a defense mechanism to help protect them from the bigger saltwater crocodiles.
Learn more about the Freshwater crocodile and other crocodile species.
Galloping Australian Freshwater Crocodile
Australian crocodiles, and all other around the world, are truly amazing creatures, that play a very important role in their Eco-systems as top predators. Therefore crocodiles should be protected. We must learn to live in the crocodile world as they have lived on earth for the past 200 million years, just a little bit longer than humans.
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