Saltwater Crocodile – Crocodylus porosus

A very conspicuous element of NT Wildlife is the old saltie. And yep. They can eat you. So do be mindful when you are visiting the NT. Around 1 to 2 people a year feed themselves to crocodiles in Australia. I say, ‘feed themselves’ as when you hear how most if not these cases involve a higher level of stupidity or apathy than one would reasonably expect when in croc country you can’t but think to yourself … One could be forgiven a tad in not knowing where croc country is though. In the 1970’s just about all the salties were wiped out with only a few thousand still in Aussie waters and those that were left fairly ‘shy’ of humans and their range contracted greatly. Now after 40 odd years of protection those numbers are somewhere around 100-150 K so you should be on your toes anywhere where it is tropical (say Broom to Gladstone) and there is water. Exceptions to this are your neighbours pool and the shower (although check first). Called a saltie they non-the-less live in fresh or salt water tolerating salinities from 0 to about 70%. Physical barriers prevent their movement inland such as escarpments whilst they have been found on islands out in the Indian Ocean and are on islands of the NT and Qld coasts up to 96km off shore. Referred to as ‘living dinosaurs’ the largest croc captured (shot) was reportedly about 8.5 metres in length (Normanton, Qld) with reports there is a 9m monster lurking in the same region today. To give some perspective the crocodile in the movie ‘Lake Placid’ was 9 metres !!! As for why they are called Salties rather than their proper name.  Well the Ancient Greek meaning for ‘Crocodylus porosus’ is literally ‘ PEBBLE WORM’ !!! How can you market that ??? Image taken at: Image 1 – Kakadu National Park Image 2: Kakadu National Park Image 3: Adelaide River Relevant tours include:

Litchfields Gold – Wet Season experience
2 Day Kakadu – Colours of Kakadu
Wetlands and Wildlife – 1 Day tour from Darwin