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Saltwater crocodile

saltwater crocodile (Crocodylus porosus)
Cooper Creek, Queensland
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Crocodylus porosus - Schneider, 1801
Pronunciation  crock-oh-DILL-uss   pore-OH-suss
Etymology  Crocodylus: 'crocodile'.
porosus: 'pored'.1
Other names  estuarine crocodile
Total length
Species avg: 400 cm
Species max: 700 cm
Clutch size
Average: 60
Description Distribution Natural history Conservation Further information More photos


Grey/brown above with irregular darker spots. White/cream below. Relatively broad snout. Two rows of nuchal shields, separated anteriorly from the smooth-skinned parietal region by more than eight granular scales.

Similar species

Freshwater crocodile (Crocodylus johnstoni) - has only one row of nuchal scales

Taxonomic notes

The following subspecies have been suggested, but none are officially recognised:
Crocodylus porosus australis Deraniyagala, 1953
Crocodylus porosus minikanna Deraniyagala, 1955
Crocodylus pethericki Wells & Wellington, 1985

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