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Crocodylus porosus

A large crocodile species that can live in marine or saline habitats
Crocodylus porosus is a saltwater crocodile species of the subfamily Crocodylinae. This species is found in marine habitats but often resides in brackish waters such as mangrove swamps, estuaries, lagoons, and deltas. The saltwater crocodiles are distributed along the eastern coast of India, Southeast Asia, and northern Australia. It is considered as the largest reptilian species alive today. The male species can reach about 20 to 23 ft in length.1 The females though are smaller in size as they can only reach of up to 9.8 ft.2
The saltwater crocodiles are aggressive predators. They ambush their preys, drown them and can swallow them whole. They feed on the meat of the mammals, birds, other reptiles, and invertebrates (e.g. crustaceans).
Scientific classification:

  • Kingdom: Animalia
  • Phylum: Chordata
  • Class: Reptilia
  • Order: Crocodilia
  • Family: Crocodylidae
  • Genus: Crocodylus
  • Species: C. porosus (Schneider, 1801)

Other common name(s):

  • saltwater crocodile
  • estuarine crocodile
  • Indo-Pacific crocodile
  • marine crocodile
  • sea-going crocodile
  • saltie

See also:


1 Britton, A. R. C., Whitaker, R., Whitaker, N. (2012). “Here be a Dragon: Exceptional Size in Saltwater Crocodile (Crocodylus porosus) from the Philippines”. Herpetological Review. 43 (4).

2 “Crocodylus porosus”. Animal Diversity Web. Retrieved from Animaldiversity.org/accounts/Crocodylus-porosus/#physical-description.

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