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Crocodile (Saltwater) Crocodylus porosus

Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Reptilia
Order: Crocodilia
Family: Crocodylidae
Genus: Crocodylus
Species: C. porosus
Binomial name: Crocodylus porosus
Common names: Saltwater crocodile, Estuarine crocodile, Indo-Pacific crocodile, Marine crocodile, Sea crocodile, Saltie,

Crocodylus porosus is most commonly found on the coasts of northern Australia, and the islands of New Guinea and Indonesia. They inhabit inland lakes, swamps and marshes as well as coastal brackish waters and tidal sections of rivers. Saltwater Crocodiles are strong swimmers and can be found very far from land.
In New Zealand, they can only be seen at Butterfly Creek who has two adult males imported in 2009 from an Australian crocodile farm. Butterfly Creek zoo is at 10 Tom Pearce Dr, Auckland Airport, Auckland

The saltwater crocodile is the largest living crocodilian. The average size male reaches 5.2 m and 450 kg. It is not uncommon for some individuals reaching 7 m and 1000 kg. 
The species has a relatively large snout, > 2.1 times as long as broad at the level of the front corners of the eyes. There is a pair of bony ridges that run from the eye along the centre of the snout forwards the nasal swelling. 
Adults are usually a dark colour, with lighter tan or grey areas, and dark bands and stripes on the lower flanks. The body’s underside is a yellowish creamy/white, becoming greyer along the tail. 
The eyes iris is a light greenish colour during the day. At night crystals in the eye retina called tapetum lucidum reflects light and the pupil glow red.




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