The Macadamia Castle is proud to announce the arrival of three salt water crocodiles. That’s right, these are the ones that can eat you! Don’t worry however, at the moment they are cute little yearlings that will be smiling all day long in their custom built pond ready to meet you up close.
The crocodiles have been four months in the making with the majority of the time being taken up with filling out five different applications with various Government agencies before the Castle could acquire the snappy little critters. But it was well worth the wait.
Come and smile at a crocodile from Monday 24th September when we unveil our “salties” and their picturesque new pond in our reptile area.
The saltwater crocodile (Crocodylus porosus), also known as the estuarine or Indo-Pacific crocodile, is the largest of all living reptiles have been known to exceed a monstrous 6 metres (20 ft) and weigh more than 1,000 kilograms. That’s amazing considering they come from an egg the same size as a duck.
Often you will see a saltwater crocodile gaping with its mouth wide open. This enables the crocodile to cool down, as a lot of their time is spent maintaining their body temperature between 30 and 32 degrees Celsius. That means they are cold blooded… Not only in body temperature but demeanour also! They are known for eating one or two people a year here in Australia, which is less than falling coconuts or vending machines!!??
Crocodiles can swim just with the help of their powerful tail with 40 km per hour, and can stay underwater 2-3 hours. On land they can put on short rapid sprints, but they get tired very quickly.
Their enclosure can be viewed 8am to 5pm daily. Keepers will answer questions about the Crocodiles at 2.30pm. at the daily reptile talk.