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Encountering the Saltwater Crocodile in its original Environment

Today, the largest of all present reptiles, the saltwater crocodile (crocodylus porosus), is widespread over the northern areas of the Australian continent. The following pages are based on intense encounters with the animal in its original enviroment. The goal is to make understand that there are simple rules, whose realisation and compliance allows a safe existence in the distribution area of these amazing archosaurs.


The pictures and information on this website have been developed with the author’s personal experience, including such as  exploring creek mouths in the unsettled far northeast of the Australian continent by sea kayak for almost 18 month (alone and without weapon nor any other artificial defence). This has been done in combination with studying numerous reports on accidents that took place during the last decades as well as further scientific research results.

The author is convinced that the coexistence of saltwater crocodiles and humans would be possible without any conflicts - if the latter are willing to observe some simple rules. 

Beside the intention to help readers to understand the regarding rules to avoid conflicts and accidents, it is a further goal to show this formidable animal not as an unpredictable monster but rather as a very fascinating and cautious creature.

All crocodile pictures, without exception, show wild and natural animals, none of them is fed or in captivity.         more ...


Copyright © Steffen Pichler

Note: Many pictures on this website show saltwater crocodiles in the sea and on ocean beaches. All of these photographs have been made in very remote areas, hundreds of kilometres away from human settlements. Saltwater crocodiles are shy and caution. They would very likely avoid busy beaches, attacks on humans are almost unknown there, even in the distribution area of the animal. Furthermore, there is no proof or indication that the animal would regulary hunt large prey in the ocean at all. Far more likely - and consistent with the observation of the author - their regular targeted ocean prey consists of smaller animals that can be swallowed in one piece. One logical reason for that could be the presence of sharks in the ocean. 


Contents - Click on Picture


 

An extreme Force of Nature             The largest reptile on earth, regarded the most aggressive of all crocodile species ...

 

 

A Window into the Past                 Unlike all other present reptiles, the crocodilians are evolutionary brothers of the dinosaurs. ...

 

Realising an invisible Landlord               The first thing to understand when intruding the habitat of the crocodile: There is an invisible landlord out there ...      

 

Reading Crocodile Tracks             Entering the habitat of the saltwater crocodile, the possibility to read its tracks is a very rare advantage ...

 

The Rules for not to fall a Prey           About the principles to observe and why it is in fact easy to to avoid the most well known type of attack ...

 

Territorial Conflicts                           When intruding the remote habitat of the crocodile, it is possible to blunder into a territorial conflict ...                    

 

Melting into the Ground                   The extreme camouflage of a saltwater crocodile lying on land is an often underrated issue ...

 

The final Danger                               Even when observing all the natural rules in the habitat of the crocodile, one last danger remains ...                               

 

The multisided Hunter                   Observing hunting crocodiles in the ocean is not that spectacular one might imagine ...                              

 

An Enemy for a Lifetime               The saltwater crocodile is not a dull monster. Provoking such an animal in free nature is quite inadvisable. ...

 

Selection of the Cautions               Some aspects of reproduction in the world of the saltwater crocodile can reveal a lot about the very big ones ...

 

 

The final Conclusion                     After a long time in the territories of the big crocodiles - a perception of the return into mankind`s modern civilisation


Copyright © Steffen Pichler
Copyright © Steffen Pichler

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