Saltwater Crocodile

Category: Wildlife

The saltwater crocodile is a large reptile that can be found across the world. The saltwater crocodile resides in Africa, Asia, Australia and the Americas. The saltwater crocodile is the largest of all living reptiles. It lives in saltwater, as the name suggests, and is a very aggressive hunter.

Saltwater Crocodile

Saltwater Crocodile

Scientific & Common Names

The scientific name for the saltwater crocodile is Crocodylus porosus. The common name for this creature is simply the saltwater crocodile. It may also be known as "croc" or "saltie" in some circles.

Characteristics

The saltwater crocodile is the largest of all living reptiles. It can be easily identified by its striking v-shaped head. All of the saltwater crocodile's teeth are visible when its jaws are closed. There are 14 species of crocodile but only one that inhabits saltwater; the other species prefer fresh water. This crocodile's diet is comprised of fish, reptiles, birds, mammals and crustaceans. Like the other species of crocodile, the saltwater croc is known for its highly aggressive temperament and its "take no prisoners" attitude. In addition, like its freshwater dwelling cousins, the saltwater crocodile has 80 teeth and is able to replace these teeth around 50 times over his lifespan. It can also travel between 24 and 29 miles in the water.

Breeding

The female saltwater crocodile will lay as few as five and as many as 95 eggs at a time. The incubation period for the eggs lasts from 65 to 95 days.

Behavior

The saltwater crocodile is a very aggressive hunter and will not hesitate to attack intruders that come into its space. This crocodile is a carnivore like its freshwater cousins, so it enjoys meals of fish, reptiles, birds, mammals and crustaceans. The saltwater crocodile has a lifespan of 70 to 100 years in the wild. Most saltwater crocodiles live for about 70 years.

History

The crocodile has been in existence for at least 55 million years. The first written records and studies on the saltwater crocodile were done in 1801. Present Status

There are 14 species of crocodile; most of these are critically endangered and are at high risk for extinction. The saltwater croc is no exception. Many efforts are being made to preserve the saltwater cr