New Guinea Crocodile
Facts about this animal
The New Guinea Crocodile has a comparatively long snout, about 1.8 to 2.3 times as long as broad at the level of the front corners of the eyes. There is a short bony ridge in front of each eye, extending forwards at a distance corresponding to the diameter of the eye-socket. The colour of the upper body surface is drab olive, flecked with dark brown or black on the back, with dark crossbands on the sides of the trunk and the tail. The lower surface is uniformly light, without dark blotches. The iris is greenish. It can grow up to a length of 5 m, but is usually about 3 m.
Did you know?
that a croc's tongue doesn't move? It is attached to the bottom of its mouth.
|Name (Scientific)||Crocodylus novaeguineae|
|Name (English)||New Guinea Crocodile|
|Name (French)||Crocodile du Nouvelle Guinée|
|Name (Spanish)||Cocodrilo de Nueva Guinea|
|Local names||Bahasa: Buaya air tawar Irian|
|CITES Status||Appendix II|
|CMS Status||Not listed|
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|Range||Indonesia, Papua New Guinea|
|Habitat||Freshwater rivers, lakes and swamps, rarely found in coastal areas.|
|Wild population||Approx. 50'000-100'000. Due to planned management the wild populations are safe to a great extent.|
|Zoo population||12 reported to ISIS (2005)|
In the Zoo
How this animal should be transported
For air transport, Container Note 42 of the IATA Live Animals Regulations should be followed.
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Why do zoos keep this animal
The species is only ocasionally shown in zoos and is rarely bred, although being a keystone species for its habitat it has definite educational value.