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The crocodiles are beautiful animals. There are over 30 related species living today on Earth. These include the crocodile, the alligator, and caimans. Of the three mentioned, Australia has two species of crocodiles: the estuarine crocodile (commonly known as Salt Water Croc or "Salty") and the johnstonian crocodile (commonly known as a Fresh Water Croc or "Freshy". Crocs live similar life spans to us. A mature salty can grow over 6 meters in length (some have been reported at over 8 meters). Being opportunistic hunters, the salties eat anything in front of them, including humans! Freshies are quite smaller with the largest mature ones being about 3 meters in length. Freshies don't eat humans or large animals, instead they prefer fish. You can typically see both species in fresh water rivers inland, but only the salty's can handle the salt water.
Until the late 1970's, crocs were hunted in the wild for their skin, which were used to make clothes and other personal items. Today they are protected animals and only the farm crocs such as the ones we saw today can be used for food and leather purposes. Typically, when a large croc gets into a populated area, it is caught and sent to either a croc farm or released at another area. A wild croc caught in the wild cannot be killed. Instead, these crocs are used for breeding purposes. Their offspring that are born in a farm can and are used as meat and for their leather. Farms often have tours that allow you to see the mature and larger crocs. Rarely would one born in captivity be allowed to live a long life. Those that they cannot kill do grow to enormous proportions.
Croc spotting is an interesting tourist activity. I got to see crocs in the wild at the Daintree River, at various locations in Kakadu National Park, and at Corroboree Billabong near Mary River. However, there are hundreds or thousands of other spots where you can see them in the wild. Suerte!
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