Esther

Esther

Posted on 07/17/2013


Photo taken on September 18, 2012



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crocodile
saltie
porosus
Daintree
Crocodylus
Rainforest
Queensland
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estuarine
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Indo-Pacific crocodile


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Estuarine crocodile, Daintree Rainforest, Queensland, Australia

"The saltwater crocodile (Crocodylus porosus), also known as saltie, estuarine or Indo-Pacific crocodile, is the largest of all living reptiles, as well as the largest terrestrial and riparian predator in the world. The males of this species can reach sizes of up to 7 m (23 ft) and weigh as much as 2,000 kg (4,400 lb).[2] However, an adult male saltwater crocodile is generally between 4.3 and 5.2 m (14 and 17 ft) in length and weighs 400–1,000 kg (880–2,200 lb), rarely growing larger.[3] Females are much smaller and often do not surpass 3 m (9.8 ft). As its name implies, this crocodile can live in salt water, but usually resides in mangrove swamps, estuaries, deltas, lagoons, and lower stretches of rivers. They have the broadest distribution of any modern crocodile, ranging from the eastern coast of India, throughout most of Southeast Asia, stretching south to northern Australia, and historically ranging as far west as off the eastern coast of Africa and as far east as waters off the coast of Japan."

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Saltwater_crocodile

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6 comments - The latest ones
Larry Drummond
Larry Drummond
That sure is a biggie!
5 years ago.
Prairie Rambler
Prairie Rambler
This is a much safer distance :)
5 years ago.
Peter Van Der Houwen
Peter Van Der Houwen
Well camouflaged!
5 years ago.
Esther
Esther
They seemed content to sun on the banks - fortunately.
5 years ago.
Stormlizard
Stormlizard
Nice photo.
5 years ago.
Esther
Esther
Thanks.
5 years ago.