Among saltwater crocodiles, the ruthless fight to become the alpha male

Largest living crocodilian on earth, the Saltwater Crocodile (Crocodylus porosus) would be the animal most likely to devour a human. Medium-sized males exceed 5 meters in length and weigh more than 450 kilograms, but it is not uncommon to come across specimens 7 meters long and weighing nearly 1,000 kilograms.

Saltwater crocodiles have a very wide range, inhabiting the brackish and freshwater regions of eastern India, Southeast Asia and northern Australia. They are excellent swimmers, which can often be seen at sea, far from the coast.

Opportunistic predators, they patiently lurk under the surface, near the banks, waiting for prey to stop and quench their thirst. They feed on anything they can get their hands on, including water buffaloes, monkeys, sharks, and wild boar.

Without warning, they come out of the water with a powerful blow of their tail, grab their victim and bring it back into the water, keeping it under the surface until the animal drowns.

Saltwater crocodiles are considered to be at low risk of extinction. But the skins of saltwater crocodiles are more highly valued than those of other crocodilians, and illegal hunting, habitat loss and aversion to the species due to its man-eating reputation continue to exert pressure. on the population.

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