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October 02, 2016

CROCODILE

The world’s largest reptile is the Northern Territory’s very own Saltwater Crocodile, or Salties in the vernacular of the locals. This incredible carnivore has sat atop the food chain of the Top End (a geographical region encompassing the northernmost section of the Northern Territory), for 100 million years. Salties can grow up to seven metres and weigh over 1,000 kilograms, but the average sized male any traveller in the Northern Territory is likely to see will be around five metres. Crocodiles can live for up to 70 years. The largest confirmed crocodile from the Northern Territory was trapped in the Mary River in the 1980s and measured a bit more than 20 feet.


Crocodiles have 68 fearsome teeth in their jaws that replenish constantly if broken off. A large croc can exert more than two tonnes of pressure with its bite. Crocodiles can swim as fast as 10 kilometres per hour and can run over open ground as fast as 11 kph for short bursts. 
 
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2 comments:

  1. Nie wygląda zbyt przyjaźnie, wolałabym nigdy nie spotkać podobnego osobnika :) Pocztówka bardzo przyjemna i ciekawa. Umówiłam się ostatnio z postcrosserką z Tasmanii i jestem bardzo ciekawa, co mi wyśle.

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  2. Groźna ta pocztówka, ale zarazem bardzo interesująca. Krokodyle, aligatory i cała reszta tych stworzeń kojarzy mi się z serialami kryminalnymi :D Nie chcę spotkać takiego na swojej drodze. Oj, nieee.

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