Shorelines Animals

Estuarine Crocodile
Estruarine Crocodile
Class: Reptilia: Reptiles Diet: Small mammals
Order: Crocodilia: Crocodiles, Alligators, Gavial
Size: up to 6m (19 1/2 ft)
Family: Crocodylinae: Crocodiles Conservation Status: Non-threatened
Scientific Name: Crocodylus porosus Habitat: estuaries, coasts, mangrove swamps
Range: Southeastern India through Indonesia; Northern Australia

Size of Estruarine CrocodileThe estuarine crocodile is one of the largest and most dangerous species and has been known to attack man. It is rapidly being exterminated since its hide is considered the most valuable of all crocodiles' for leather. It is now illegal to catch the estuarine crocodile in many areas, but the population is still low. Where hunting is allowed, it is restricted, and skin exports are controlled.  The most aquatic and most marine of all crocodile species, the estuarine crocodile spends little time on land and swims great distances. The female lays 25 to 90 eggs in a mound of plant debris which she scrapes together near water. She guards the eggs for about 3 months while they incubate.

Range of Estruarine Crocodile
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