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Freshwater Crocodile

Freshwater crocodile is a species of crocodile found only in the northern part of Australia. It is considered not as dangerous as the saltwater crocodile.



    Kingdom Animalia
    Phylum Chordata
    Subphylum Vertebrata
    Class Reptilia
    Order Crocodilia
    Family Crocodylidae
    Subfamily Crocodylinae
    Genus Crocodylus
    Scientific Name Crocodylus johnsoni


    Other Names Australian Freshwater Crocodile, Johnstone’s Crocodile
    Size Male: 2.3–3 m
    Female: Up to 2.1 m
    Weight Male: Around 70 kg; large specimens weigh up to 100 kg
    Female: Around 40 kg
    Color Light brown with dark brands on the body and tail which tend to break up near the neck
    Distribution Western Australia, Queensland, Northern Territory
    Habitat Freshwater wetlands, billabongs, rivers, creeks
    Diet Insects, fishes, frogs, turtles, crustaceans, lizards, spiders, snakes, birds, mammals
    Hibernation Fact May hibernate
    Predators Newborns are preyed upon by pythons, large fish, birds of prey, freshwater turtles, larger crocodiles; eggs fall prey to goannas, feral pigs
    Breeding Season July – August
    Mode of Reproduction Oviparous (egg laying)
    Clutch Size 4 to 20 eggs
    Incubation Period 2 to 3 months
    Reproductive Age 15 to 20 years of age
    Average Lifespan 50 or more years
    IUCN Conservation Status Least Concern

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    Published on November 24th 2016 by under Crocodiles. Article was last reviewed on 7th August 2018.

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