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Saltwater Crocodile Podcast: Extras
Images courtesty of Ari Daniel Shapiro.
The saltwater crocodile is the largest living predator on land. The average size is 17 feet, but they can grow up to 23 feet and over 2,000 pounds (7 meters and 1,200 kg).
This reptile has the broadest distribution of any reptile, from Australia and New Guinea to India and Sri Lanka, Vietnam and the Philippines. A strong swimmer, this species has even reached Palau and the Solomon Islands in the central Pacific.
The female saltwater crocodile is a caring mother. She lays between 40 and 60 eggs, covering them with a mound of mud and vegetation. For 90 days she guards the nest, and when she hears the hatchlings chirping, she digs them out and carries them to the water in her mouth. Despite her efforts, only 1% of saltwater hatchlings survive to adulthood.
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