New Guinea Crocodile

(Crocodylus novaeguineae)


New Guinea Crocodile IUCN LEAST CONCERN (LC)


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 (German) Neuguinea-Krokodil
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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Wilfried Berns



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.