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Saltwater Crocodile

Scientific name
Crocodylus porosus

NT Conservation Status

status least concern
Crocodile

Distribution map
Salt water crocodile map

Length Males grow up to 6 metres average is 4-5. Female reach around 3.2 metres.
Weight 400 to 1500kg

Salt Water Crocodile Fact Sheet (761.8 kb)

Identification

Unmistakable, a wide snout and broad body compared to most crocodiles with powerful tails.

Behaviour

It is the largest of all living reptiles, as well as the largest terrestrial and riparian predator in the world. Diet ranges from fish to buffalo; including people.

Reproduction

Females lay 40 to 60 eggs between November and March in large aquatic nests. Temperature determines sex of offspring (low=female high=male). Approximately 1% of the hatchlings survive to adulthood.

Habit

May be found in any water body in northern Australia including fresh and salt water. Range from Broome in Western Australia, through the Northern Territory to Rockhampton QLD.

Threats

Habitat loss, other crocodiles, humans

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