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    LONE PINE KOALA SANCTUARY
       World’s First and Largest Koala Sanctuary

 

Freshwater Crocodiles

Crocodylus johnstoni

Freshwater Crocodiles have a narrow snout, sharp teeth and webbed hind feet. Their body colour is light brown with darker bands on the body and tail, although colour can vary depending on their environment. Freshwater crocodiles will bite if they’re disturbed; however their jaws are designed to catch fish, not large mammals. Like the larger Estuarine crocodile, Freshwater crocodiles are ambush hunters. Although active during the day, they hunt mainly at night. Their diet consists of fish, crustaceans and insects. As an opportunistic predator, they will also feed upon small mammals, birds and reptiles that venture too close.

Walked with dinosaurs
Crocodiles roamed the Earth at the same time as dinosaurs. Their characteristic snouts, armoured scales, sharp teeth and webbed hind feet have remained relatively unchanged for over 200 million years.

Amphibious life
Found throughout billabongs, rivers and wetlands of Northern Australia, Freshwater Crocodiles are all adapted to an amphibious life. They can hold their breath underwater for up to an hour and swim rapidly by means of their powerful tails. On land they move very quickyl over short distances and can propel themselves at great speed down sloping river banks into water.

Top of the food chain
Lone Pine is home to Freshwater Crocodiles which are smaller than their saltwater relatives and are recognised by their long, narrow snout. Although active during the day, Freshwater Crocodiles are ambush predators by night, feeding on insects, fish, frogs, lizards and birds.

Did you know? Despite appearances, turtles and birds are more closely related to crocodile than lizards.