|Range||Northern Australia, Southeast Asia and India|
The Saltwater Crocodile is a specie from the Crocodylus genus. It is found in suitable habitats from Northern Australia through Southeast Asia to the eastern coast of India.
The Saltwater Crocodile is the largest living reptile. They have a body length between 16 - 23 ft. can weigh up to 882 - 1,543 lbs. These crocodiles are grey or brown in color and have a broad, heavy set body and a large head along with short, yet strong limbs. Saltwater Crocodiles have a valve that seals off the mouth from the throat and this enables them to open their mouth while they are under water. However, they cannot eat their prey underwater as swallowing would allow water into their throat so they either have to drag their prey onto land or raise their head above the water to swallow.
As they swim, their legs are either held slightly out to the side, or flat against them because of all of their propulsion comes from their tail. Another feature of their tail is that it allows the crocodile to leap out of the water from a stationary position at the water's surface.
The Saltwater Crocodile feats mainly upon mammals, fish, and gnu but will eat anything that would come to the edge of the water. It kills by a deadly attack named the 'death roll', where the crocodile grabs the animal and rolls viciously to tear off chunks of it off.
The Saltwater Crocodile has a life of 70 years in the wild.
- Saltwater Crocodiles have fewer scutes on their underside than other crocodiles and therefore their hide is valued higher than that of other crocodilians.
- Saltwater Crocodiles are the largest living crocodile - in fact they are the largest living reptile.