Wednesday, 6 February 2019

Creature Day/ Saltwater Croc

Well here we are at another Wednesday, and it's another stinking hot day at that. Being Wednesday means it is creature day and today's creature is the saltwater crocodile.

The saltwater crocodile is the world's largest reptiles with some growing up to 7 metres or 23ft long, we usually call them “salties”.

Like other crocs, salties are covered in hard bony plates called scutes. On their tails and backs the scutes form big spikes or knobs similar to the bony armour found on some dinosaurs.

Salties are merciless predators that can take on pretty much any prey they like. Powered by their huge tails they zoom through the water and leap out t o grab prey on the bank.

The eyes and nostrils are on top of their head, allowing it to remain mostly hidden beneath the surface of the water, yet and still able to see, hear, smell, and of course, breath.

They'll catch things like pigs, wallabies, cattle,crabs and turtles.

Humans are not a regular part of a large crocodile’s diet but a person at the water’s edge washing dishes or having a drink looks very similar in a crocodile’s eyes to any other mammal and is thus treated as a potential food item. Crocodile attacks only take place because people disregard the dangers associated with our northern waterways, a little common sense will ensure such incidents do not occur.


Margaret D said...

Interesting Jo-Anne. They are a massive size at times.

Chatty Crone said...

That is scary - my son when to the Okefenokee Swamp here in GA and just got back - they kayaked with the alligators. No way would I do it!

Rita said...

They are huge! Scary and sneaky. :)

Germán Ibarra Zorrilla said...

Precioso reportaje, las fotos son fantásticas. Saludos desde España.

CWMartin said...

Unfortunately, we only hear about them when there's abd news about them... they're either full or extinct...

Karen said...

I didn't know there even were saltwater crocks.

Jo-Anne's Ramblings said...

Margaret......Yes they are

Sandie........I would stay well clear of them

Rita.......Yes they are

Chris.......Yes we hear a lot of bad things about them

German.........Thank you

Karen........They are common here

Katie Isabella said...

I have a liking for alligators and crocodiles. I'm too afraid of them to want to be very near, but I like them. All the time I lived in Central Florida, they are about in your drainage ditches, sunning on your porch did have to watch out. We didn't have crocodiles of course.

Jo-Anne's Ramblings said...

Katie.......They are fascinating creatures


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