The saltwater crocodile, also known as a saltie, estuarine or Indo-Pacific crocodile, is the largest of all living reptiles. The males of this species can reach sizes of over 6 meters and some unconfirmed reports indicate salties as large as 8 meters in length may exist. As its name implies, this crocodile can be found in saltwater, but usually resides in mangrove swamps, estuaries, deltas, lagoons and lower stretches of rivers. There is a healthy number of saltwater crocodiles living in the northern parts of Australia and they play a vital role in these wetland ecosystems. On average about two to three fatalities per year are caused by saltwater crocodiles in Australia. Although this is extremely tragic, it should be kept in perspective: Australia has approximately two fatalities per year as a result of bee stings and approximately 2,000 deaths per year are caused by motor car accidents. To remain safe while in croc habitats, it is essential to follow all established guidelines provided by park rangers in the area.
Boss Hog is Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary’s resident male saltwater crocodile – weighing approximately 800 kilograms! – and is almost five meters in length. Boss Hog was caught in the wild in the mid 1980’s from far north Queensland after he killed a Brahman stud bull worth over $10,000. Boss Hog now gets smaller meals which allows for one lucky daily guest to feed him. Be sure to find out more about our Croc Feeding encounter.
*Croc feeding schedules may vary during the winter months. Please see Visitor Services Desk for on the day updates.