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2006-07-26 08:10:00

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - South African police and wildlife officials are hunting for at least two crocodiles south of Johannesburg after several sightings. Wild crocodiles are not found naturally in the region, leading to speculation that the reptiles have escaped from farms or zoos. "We are concerned that people are shooting crocodiles," said Leon Lotter, Acting Director for Nature Conservation, the wildlife authority for Gauteng province. An official is storing a meter-long crocodile in her...

2006-07-09 00:23:52

MELBOURNE (Reuters) - An eight-year-old aboriginal girl was feared killed in a crocodile attack as she collected water from a river in Australia's remote Arnhem Land region, police said on Sunday. "She was fishing with family and it is believed she went to the river's edge to collect water when she was taken by the croc," a police spokeswoman said. The attack happened on the Blythe River, between Maningrida and Ramingining, about 500 km (310 miles) east of Australia's northern city...

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2006-03-24 06:45:00

INNISFAIL, Australia -- Since Cyclone Larry hit early Monday, Joey the wallaby hasn't been seen. And the whereabouts of nearly 50 other kangaroos and related species at Margaret Tabone's crocodile farm are unknown. "We can't find them yet - hopefully they're going to be somewhere and hopefully they're going to be alive," Tabone said Thursday. Tabone, 64, reared the small kangaroo-like creature on her farm since Joey was just a hairless baby, after the wallaby's mother died. Even the...

2006-02-28 03:55:00

SYDNEY -- An Australian grandmother who saved a friend from the jaws of a crocodile by jumping on the giant reptile's back has been awarded Australia's highest civilian bravery award. Alicia Sorohan was awarded the Star of Courage after risking her life to save a friend who was dragged from his tent by the crocodile during a camping trip in the remote far north of tropical Queensland state in October 2004. Then 60, Sorohan jumped on the 4.2 m (14 feet) crocodile's back as it dragged him from...

2005-11-10 14:56:37

By Kevin Gray BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (Reuters) - A bizarre marine crocodile that lived 135 million years ago in what is now Argentina had the head of a dinosaur and the tail of a fish, paleontologists said on Thursday. The finding, published in Thursday's issue of the journal Science, sheds new light on an animal that millions of years ago dominated Earth's seas. Scientists are calling the beast "Godzilla." The animal is "the most bizarre marine crocodile known to date," said...

2005-09-28 08:10:00

VOLTA REDONDA, Brazil -- When high costs and low prices drained income from her family's dairy farm, Nina Collard made a snappy decision. She swapped the cows for crocodiles. After seven years of investing in the pioneering project to breed rare broad-nosed cayman crocodiles in captivity, the farm sent the first batch of 150 reptiles to the butcher this year. With one square centimeter (0.15 square inch) of cayman crocodile skin, used to make footwear and purses, costing nearly $2 and a...

2005-08-25 01:39:18

BEIJING (Reuters) - A Chinese wildlife farm has set up a hotline for people to report sightings of 13 runaway crocodiles who are likely to suffer as the weather cools, state media said on Thursday. Altogether 29 crocs escaped from the farm near the city of Benxi, about 800 km (480 miles) east of Beijing in the province of Liaoning, in the middle of August, when heavy rain raised the water levels above normal. Fifteen had been found and one killed, the China Daily said, leaving 13 at...

2005-08-23 11:25:11

CANBERRA (Reuters) - A saltwater crocodile named Sputnik is being tracked by satellite in the remote heart of Australia in a bid to learn more about the deadly creatures. Researchers from New Zealand's Massey University attached a transmitter to the back of the 4.2m (14 feet) male crocodile, which was caught in the Adelaide River about 100 km (62 miles) southeast of the tropical city of Darwin in Australia's outback Northern Territory. They plan to track Sputnik for a year to learn...

2005-08-22 21:53:39

CANBERRA (Reuters) - A saltwater crocodile named Sputnik is being tracked by satellite in the remote heart of Australia in a bid to learn more about the deadly creatures. Researchers from New Zealand's Massey University attached a transmitter to the back of the 4.2m (14 feet) male crocodile, which was caught in the Adelaide River about 100 km (62 miles) southeast of the tropical city of Darwin in Australia's outback Northern Territory. They plan to track Sputnik for a year to learn...

2005-08-16 09:30:00

By Michael Perry SYDNEY (Reuters) - Scientists in Australia's tropical north are collecting blood from crocodiles in the hope of developing a powerful antimicrobial drugs for humans, after tests showed that the reptile's immune system kills HIV. The crocodile's immune system is much more powerful than that of humans, preventing life-threatening infections after savage territorial fights that often leave the animals with gaping wounds and missing limbs. "They tear limbs off each other and...


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
endocarp
  • The hard inner (usually woody) layer of the pericarp of some fruits (as peaches or plums or cherries or olives) that contains the seed.
This word comes from the Greek 'endon,' in, within, plus the Greek 'karpos', fruit.
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