Latin Name: Crocodylus porosus
Locailty: Northern Australia, Bangladesh, Brunei, Burma, Cambodia, China, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Philippines, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Solomon Islands, Thailand, Vanuatu, Vietnam.
From the late 1940’s – 1970’s the saltwater crocodiles were hunted to a critical level for their hides. They were officially protected in 1971, making hunting them illegal. Saltwater crocodiles can survive for weeks without food. They hunt at the waters edge, waiting for prey to come to them. Their eyesight is as good as humans, and even better underwater. They have a third eyelid (goes sideways across their eyes), which allows them to see underwater. Their hearing is also very good; they have vibration sensors at the base of their teeth, which allows them to sense the slightest vibration in the water. The average weight of a male saltwater crocodile is between 600-1000kg and they have an estimated lifespan of 70-80 years but there is no known record of how long they can live for.
Length: 6-7 Metres Maximum
Fact: Did you know saltwater crocs have a jaw pressure of about 3500 pounds for an average male? This is compared to 335 pounds per square inch for a Rottweiler and 400 pounds per inch for a great white shark.
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