Fresh-Croc.jpg (34370 bytes)Freshwater Crocodiles: Australia is home to two species of Crocodile. They are Crocodylus johnstoni, the Freshwater Crocodile and Crocodylus porosus, the Saltwater Crocodile. World wide there are 21 living species of the Crocodylidae family. They are living fossils and have survived since the time of the Dinosaurs.
The Freshwater Crocodile reaches a length of three metres. Its body is grey or olive-brown above and whitish below.
Crocodylus johnstoni is found along the coast and hinterland of northern Australia and extends from north Queensland through the Northern Territory to Western Australia .
Permanent bodies of water are the habitat of this reptile including rivers, lagoons and billabongs. It is often active by day but tends to forage after dark. Fish, frogs, crustaceans, small reptiles, birds and small mammals all figure in the Freshwater Crocodile’s diet.
A nest is dug in sandbanks near the end of the dry season (October-November) and about 20 eggs are laid.
The Freshwater Crocodile, unlike its saltwater relative is relatively harmless. Of course all large reptiles, be they lizards, snakes or crocodiles should be treated with respect and caution.
We observed the specimen illustrated in the Kimberly region of Western Australia in 1994.