Australian Saltwater Crocodile.
Australian Saltwater crocodiles are by far the most dangerous animals in Australia.
They are huge, aggressive, territorial, and plentiful across the north of the Australian Outback.
Our crocodiles kill on average one to two people per year!
The Saltwater Crocodile is the world’s largest reptile. These amazing creatures are found on the northern coast of Australia and inland for up to 100 kms or more. The Saltwater Crocodile has been reported to grow to lengths of 7 metres! but the average size of a Saltwater Crocodile is 4 metres long.
They reproduce in the wet season, with the female crocodile laying up to 60 eggs at a time. When the crocodiles are born, only a very small number of these survive in the wild and grow to be adult crocodiles.
With its webbed feet and muscular tail flattened on both sides, the saltwater crocodile (popularly referred to as the ‘salty’) is able to propel itself through the water at surprising speed. The eyes and nostrils are on top of their head, allowing it to remain mostly hidden beneath the surface of the water, yet and still able to see, hear, smell, and of course, breath. When diving muscles constrict the nostrils and the throat can be closed off with a large fleshy flap of skin. There are many fanciful stories of crocodiles exceeding eight to nine metres in length, the reality is that few if any stories of crocodiles reaching even six metres (20 feet) can be substantiated with solid evidence. The biggest crocodiles to have been accurately measured in recent years are all under five and a half metres (18 feet) in length. Elvis, Australia’s crankiest crocodile measures in at a bit under 5 metres, making him one of the biggest in captivity.
Saltwater crocodiles can be distinguished from the only other crocodile that inhabits Australia – the freshwater crocodile (Crocodylus johnstoni) by the larger size and bulk and the snout which is more rounded than the elongate jaws of the ‘freshie’. The mouth contains between 40-60 large teeth designed to rip flesh off their prey, as the food is swallowed whole. Stones are ingested from time to time and held in the stomach to assist with breaking the food down for digestion. Salties typically remain motionless for very long periods, and owing to their camouflaged colour pattern, are often mistaken for a partially submerged log.