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2008-10-06 09:00:30

By Kathy Marks Rare Australian animals perish after seven-year-old goes on killing spree STAFF AT a popular zoo in central Australia were in shock after a seven-year-old boy broke in overnight, bludgeoned a range of animals to death, and fed them to the resident crocodile, Terry. The boy also hurled a number of live creatures into the crocodile's enclosure, where they too, were consumed. The 30-minute killing spree was captured by security cameras, which showed the boy smiling during...

2008-09-29 00:00:19

By Michael McCarthy ENVIRONMENT EDITOR *Pristine wilderness is home to last significant habitat of Siamese crocodile One of the world's rarest reptiles, the critically-endangered Siamese crocodile, is gravely threatened by a proposed dam in an unspoilt region of Cambodia, British conservationists warn. Construction of the Chay Areng dam in the Cardamom mountains will wipe out a fifth or more of the remaining population of the crocodiles, which stands at fewer than 200 individuals in...

2008-09-25 17:46:34

By Steve Johnson CROC-crazy schoolboy Will Rennison has waved farewell to his friends at Dudley Zoo before setting off for a new life in Australia. It was a special moment for head of reptiles Graham Chilton as he handed over a much-prized possession to 13-year-old Will, from Tettenhall, Wolverhampton. For the past four years Will has taken part in the Junior Zoo Keeper scheme, which has inspired him to study animal care and management when he leaves school. Graham said: "Will is...

2008-09-17 16:51:18

By MIKE SWAIN; Science Editor WILDLIFE rangers light a huge bonfire piled with dead crocodiles to try to halt the spread of a disease that is threatening a whole colony. More than 150 crocs have died in three months in an epidemic that is puzzling scientists. It is feared the infection is spreading because healthy animals are eating the dead ones. So all the carcasses are being torched at Olifants Gorge in Kruger Park, South Africa. It is known they are dying of pansteatitis...

2008-06-27 12:00:49

It was a saltwater crocodile, a man-eating species that can grow to 15ft. This one was still a baby at 2ft and appeared friendly, but the folk in the Noonamah Tavern played it safe and taped its mouth. Sarah Sparre, the barmaid, said: "It's not every day you see something like that. You could say that we were a bit surprised. He was pretty easy-going. But we weren't going to test him out." The visitor may have escaped from a crocodile farm a few miles away, near Darwin. After entertaining...

2008-06-27 09:01:09

By Kathy Marks Not much happens in the Northern Territory town of Noonamah (population 483), so when a crocodile wandered into the pub car park, the drinkers invited it in. It was a saltwater crocodile, a man-eating species that can grow to 15ft. This one was still a baby at 2ft and appeared friendly, but the folk in the Noonamah Tavern played it safe and taped its mouth. Sarah Sparre, the barmaid, said: "It's not every day you see something like that. You could say that we were a bit...

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2008-06-23 18:13:23

Baby crocodiles use vocalized "Ëœcalls' to signal the commencement of their hatching to each other, as well as their mothers, two French researchers reported on Monday. Writing in the journal Current Biology, researchers Amelie Vergne and Nicolas Mathevon of Universite Jean Monnet in Saint-Etienne, France, found the crocs' may use the calls to signal that it is time to come out of their shells. Researchers studied 10 crocodile mothers and their eggs. They took recordings of the...

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2008-01-31 18:05:00

Brazilian paleontologists said today that they have found the fossil of a new species of prehistoric predator that represented a "missing link" to modern-day crocodiles.Scientists say that the fossil is that of Montealtosuchus arrudacamposi, a medium-sized lizard-like predator measuring about 5 1/2 feet (1.7 meters) from head to tail. It is believed that this fossil dates back about 80 million years to the Late Cretaceous period."This is scientifically important because the specimen...

2006-08-18 07:30:00

CANBERRA (Reuters) - When is a fish not a fish? When it is a giant killer reptile with four legs and sharp teeth. Politicians in Australia have been pondering the meaning of "fish" and have passed new laws making it clear crocodiles should be fish too. The decision is at odds with the arbiter of the Australian English language, the Macquarie Dictionary, which rules that fish are "completely aquatic vertebrates, having gills, commonly fins, and typically an elongated body usually covered with...

2006-08-18 01:59:39

CANBERRA (Reuters) - When is a fish not a fish? When it is a giant killer reptile with four legs and sharp teeth. Politicians in Australia have been pondering the meaning of "fish" and have passed new laws making it clear crocodiles should be fish too. The decision is at odds with the arbiter of the Australian English language, the Macquarie Dictionary, which rules that fish are "completely aquatic vertebrates, having gills, commonly fins, and typically an elongated body usually...


Latest Crocodylidae Reference Libraries

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2008-08-07 11:00:42

The Egyptian Plover (Pluvianus aegyptius), is a wading bird and the only member of the genus Pluvianus. The Egyptian Plover is a localized resident in tropical sub-Saharan Africa. It breeds on sandbars in large rivers. Egyptian Plover is a striking and clearly identifiable species. The 7.5 to 8.25 inch long adult has a black crown, back, eye-mask and breast band. The rest of the head is white. The remaining upper plumage is blue-gray, and the underparts are orange. The longish legs are...

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2007-01-23 15:41:29

The Cuban Crocodile, Crocodylus rhombifer, is found only in Cuba's Zapata Swamp and the Isle of Youth, and highly endangered, though it formerly ranged throughout the Caribbean. This croc appears to favor freshwater habitat such as swamps, marshes, and rivers. This species has numerous interesting characteristics that set it apart from other crocodiles, such as its brighter adult colors, rougher, more pebbled scales, and long, strong legs. It is also the most terrestrial of crocodiles,...

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2007-01-23 15:40:11

The Saltwater or Estuarine Crocodile, Crocodylus porosus, is the largest of all existing reptiles. It is found in suitable habitat throughout Southeast Asia and northern Australasia. These are known as "˜salties' in the Northern territory of Australia. They generally spend the tropical wet season in freshwater swamps and rivers, moving downstream to estuaries in the dry season, and sometimes far out to sea. Adult male saltwater crocs typically grow to an average of 16 feet long and weigh...

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2007-01-23 15:37:33

The Mugger Crocodile, Crocodylus palustris, also called the Iranian, Marsh, or Persian Crocodile, is found throughout the Indian subcontinent and the surrounding countries. These countries include India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Nepal, and Iran. Mainly a freshwater species, the Mugger crocodile is found in lakes, rivers and marshes. Muggers prefer slow-moving, shallower bodies of water rather than, fast-flowing, deep areas. The Mugger Crocodile is also known to thrive in man-made reservoirs and...

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2007-01-23 15:35:29

The Nile Crocodile is one of the three species of crocodile found in Africa, and the second largest species of crocodile. Its range covers most of Africa south of the Sahara and the island of Madagascar. The preferred habitat of Nile crocodiles is along rivers, in freshwater marshes, or along lakes. In some cases they thrive in more brackish water, along estuaries of mangrove swamps. Like all crocodiles, they are quadrupeds with four short, splayed legs; long, powerful tails; a scaly hide...

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Word of the Day
mallemaroking
  • Nautical, the visiting and carousing of sailors in the Greenland ships.
This word is apparently from a confusion of two similar Dutch words: 'mallemerok,' a foolish woman, and 'mallemok,' a name for some persons among the crew of a whaling vessel.