Freshwater crocodile

Crocodylus johnstoni

Freshwater crocodile (Crocodylus johnstoni) The narrow-snouted Freshwater Crocodile

Identification: 

The freshwater crocodile is a narrow-snouted species that grows to 3 metres. 

Distribution: 

Far northern Australia.  In Queensland, this species is usually found in western-flowing rivers that drain into the Gulf of Carpentaria.  It also occurs in some eastern-flowing rivers on Cape York Peninsula where the headwaters are narrowly separated from western-flowing rivers.

Habitat: 

Usually found in freshwater rivers and lagoons but will also enter brackish water.

Danger: 

Inoffensive.  Humans are occasionally bitten but such attacks are likely to be accidental, occurring in water with low visibility.

Food: 

A broad range of crustaceans, fish reptiles, birds and small mammals.

Breeding:

Around 20 eggs are laid during the dry season in a hole dug into a sandbank.

For more information, please see the Queensland Department of Environment and Resource Management crocodile website.

Head of Freshwater Crocodile, Crocodylus johnstoni, showing extremely narrow snout.
Photograph by Angus Emmott.

 

 

 

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