Saltwater Crocodile

Order:  Crocodylia (alligators, crocodiles, etc)
Family:  Crocodylidae (crocodiles and false gavials)
Subfamily:  Crocodylinae (crocodiles)
Genus:  Crocodylus (crocodiles)
Also known as:  "saltie"

Scientific Name:  Crocodylus porosus (Schneider, 1801)

Habitat:  Coastal areas; also found along rivers and billabongs as far inland as tidal influence extends.

kroko="pebble," deilos="worm (or man),"  porosis="callosity (bump)," osus="full of"

Length:  Can reach more than 20 feet total. NOTE:  The range shown here is representative only of the saltwater croc's distribution in Australia.  They can be found from Pacific islands west to India.
Food:  Aquatic life as well as anything on the river's edge (to include humans on rare occasions!). Salite Range (in Australia)

This large "saltie" was sunning on the banks of the Adelaide River just east of Darwin.  To the croc's right are mud slides from where other crocs had retreated into the water.  I took a boat cruise to view the crocs here; I had hoped to see them in Kakadu National Park, but since I was traveling at the end of the rainy season ("The Wet"), the billabongs were full and the crocs were dispersed throughout the park.

Saltwater Croc
This made for interesting hiking in Kakadu--the croc warning signs were everywhere.  Basically, they say not to venture near water; but after "the wet," water is EVERYWHERE!  Additionally, in Nitmiluk National Park (Katherine Gorge), I had hoped to go snorkeling in the clear waters of the Katherine River to get some underwater photos of the Freshwater Crocodile (Crocodylus johnstoni, the "freshie") as well as some local turtles, but due to the flooding brought about by "the wet" the river was swollen and turbid.  The flooding brings "salties" far upstream, and the park officials close the river to swimmers until sufficient patrols have ensured the "salties" have been flushed out of the park.  The patrolmen were not 100% sure this was the case, so I took their word for it and stayed on dry land! Croc Warning