Saltwater Crocodile

The Saltwater Crocodile, also known as the estuarine crocodile, Indo-Pacific crocodile, marine crocodile, sea crocodile, and saltie, is one of the largest living crocodiles. It is native to saltwater habitats and brackish wetlands including India’s east coast across Southeast Asia and the Sundaic region to northern Australia and Micronesia. The saltwater crocodile was hunted for its skin up until the 1970s, and today it is listed as least concern on the IUCN Red List. The species are hypercarnivorous apex predators, and they can overtake almost any animal that enters their territory. Saltwater crocodiles range in color with some retaining pale skin, while others may be so dark to appear black.

The typical male Saltwater Crocodile has an overall length of 14’-23’ (4.25-7 m), with females at lengths of 7.5’-11’ (2.30-3.35 m). An average male Saltwater Crocodile weighs between 880-2200 lb (400-1000 kg) and has a typical lifespan of 70-100 years in the wild.

Aerial plan view drawing of a Saltwater Crocodile walking

The Saltwater Crocodile, also known as the estuarine crocodile, Indo-Pacific crocodile, marine crocodile, sea crocodile, and saltie, is one of the largest living crocodiles. It is native to saltwater habitats and brackish wetlands including India’s east coast across Southeast Asia and the Sundaic region to northern Australia and Micronesia. The saltwater crocodile was hunted for its skin up until the 1970s, and today it is listed as least concern on the IUCN Red List. The species are hypercarnivorous apex predators, and they can overtake almost any animal that enters their territory. Saltwater crocodiles range in color with some retaining pale skin, while others may be so dark to appear black.

The typical male Saltwater Crocodile has an overall length of 14’-23’ (4.25-7 m), with females at lengths of 7.5’-11’ (2.30-3.35 m). An average male Saltwater Crocodile weighs between 880-2200 lb (400-1000 kg) and has a typical lifespan of 70-100 years in the wild.

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14’-23’ | 4.25-7 m (Male); 7.5’-11’ | 2.30-3.35 m (Female)
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Weight:
880-2200 lb | 400-1000 kg (Male); 180-220 lb | 82-100 kg (Female)
Speed:
15-18 mph | 24-29 km/h
Scientific Name:
Crocodylus porosus
Lifespan:
70-100 (wild); 100-120 (captivity)

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Saltwater Crocodile side elevation, side (person), plan

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Cecile Kim
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