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Image 1 - Large Ancient Crocs Could Have Swallowed Humans Whole
2012-05-08 07:53:58

East African giant crocodiles that lived between two and four million years ago were large enough to swallow an entire human, according to a new study led by University of Iowa researchers. The fossil of one specimen measured 27 feet long, far larger than any known to date. Scientists first believed it may have been an ancestor of today´s Nile crocodile, but analysis shows otherwise, said lead author Christopher A. Brochu, a vertebrate paleontologist at UoI. “It´s the...

2011-12-20 12:38:28

The Nile crocodile is a species that was identified by ancient Egyptians. Genetic analysis done by a group of geneticists using samples taken from species throughout the animal's range and including DNA from mummified crocodile remains indicates that more than one species is known by this name. "This paper provides a remarkable surprise: the Nile crocodile is not a single species, as previously thought, but instead demonstrates two species - living side-by side - constitute what has been...

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2010-06-28 12:49:38

Borneo wildlife officials are pushing to have the country's saltwater crocodiles removed from a list of endangered animals, saying that the reptile's numbers have strongly recovered in the last few years. Deputy directory of the Sabah Wildlife Department, Augustin Tuuga, told AFP that the Crocodylus population is at about 11,000 to 15,000 in the state compared to 1,000 to 5,000 two decades ago. "We are pushing to have the crocodile downgraded from the 'endangered' to the 'not necessarily...

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2009-11-18 12:45:00

Dozens of one of the world's most endangered crocodile species have been found lounging in plain sight at a wildlife rescue center in Cambodia, The Associated Press reported. Researchers said Wednesday that DNA taken from 69 crocodiles housed in the moats of the Phnom Tamao Wildlife Rescue Center showed nearly 50 percent were Siamese crocodiles, which until recently were believed to have become extinct in the wild. Adam Starr, who manages the Cambodian Crocodile Conservation Program, a joint...

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...


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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 15:30:22

The Orinoco Crocodile, Crocodylus intermedius, is found in freshwater in northern South America, in particular the Orinoco river. It is restricted heavily to the Orinoco river drainage basin and the Meta river drainage basin in Colombia and Venezuela. It is also known to frequent the Llanos savannah during certain times of the year. They grow to over 20 feet in length, and are one of the largest animals in South America. This species of crocodile can be recognized by its relatively long snout...

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2007-01-23 15:29:06

The American Crocodile, Crocodylus acutus, is one of 4 species of New World crocodile and the most widespread in range. It occurs from the Atlantic and Pacific coasts of southern Mexico through Central America and in South America as far as Peru and Venezuela. It also breeds in Cuba, Jamaica, and Hispania. There is also a remnant population in Florida. Their habitat consists largely of freshwater or brackish coastal habitats and mangrove swamps. The American Crocodile grows to a maximum...

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