Freshwater crocodile

Crocodylus johnstoni

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


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


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.


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


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


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


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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