How old are Australian’s Saltwater Crocodiles?

Right up there on the top of Australia’s scariest animals is the Saltwater Crocodile. These reptile beasts are swarming Darwin’s watering holes, as the tropical climate of the Northern Territory makes the perfect home for these creatures.

About the Crocs

These massive crocodiles are the largest living reptiles in the world. Growing up to 5 to 7 metres long and weighing around 1000 kilograms each. The baby crocodiles are identified for their black strips, but as they age their strips fade into their dark green/grey scales. Their natural colour is perfect for camouflage as they blend easily into the dirty green waters of the northern territory. They are quite sneaky, either swimming slowly to their prey undetected or remaining quite still to disguise themselves as a fallen log or vegetation, the crocs then lash out in speed and trap the unaware target.

Their Age

They first appeared on the planet over 240 million years ago during the Mesozoic Era. They are descendants from the dinosaur age, outliving the dinosaurs by around 65 million years. Crocodiles are powerful creatures, sitting on top of the food chain for over 100 million years.

The Dangers Humans Face

When visiting Darwin, seeing a Saltwater Crocodile is most likely on your bucket list. However, seeing these crocs can be dangerous, with croc attacks occurring every year. They are very strong and have the ability to take down creatures their own size, including both animals and humans. Over the years many tourists and locals have been involved in crocodile attacks, with an average of two fatal occurrences per year. Due to the risk, Australia has very strict guidelines when crocodiles are involved. With professional tours to see the animals in the wild the only recommended way to view them. Swimming spots are also restricted to tourists, with countless crocodile warning signs scattering the water’s edge. Despite the caution, seeing these magnificent creatures is an unforgettable experience, and well worth the trouble if following the rules safely.

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