What do they look like? Freshwater Crocodiles are the smaller of the two crocodile species found in Australia. They are capable of growing up to 2.5 metres in length. They differ from the Estuarine Crocodile as they have a long and slender snout.
Where do they live? As the name suggests, Freshwater Crocodiles spend the majority of their time in creeks, streams and billabongs of Northern Australia. However they are not strictly limited to freshwater environments and can be found in estuaries.
What do they eat? Freshwater Crocodiles feed mainly on small fish and crustaceans however they also regularly consume small mammals and water birds. Juveniles will almost solely feed on insects. They are opportunistic predators.
Behaviour: Crocodiles are primarily active during the night. They live a mostly aquatic lifestyle and congregate in large groups. They spend most of the time trying to blend in with the environment as ambush predators. They lay quietly in the water with their eyes and snout protruding, patiently waiting for prey.
Reproduction: Females lay approximately 13 eggs in a clutch once per year. Breeding tends to occur Oct-Nov at the end of the dry season. Females will excavate a nest in the sand bank. Young will emerge from the nest in late summer.
Threats: There are no threats to Freshwater Crocs as adults. Juvenile crocodiles are preyed upon by goannas, pelicans, barramundi, raptors and even larger crocs.
Conservation Status: Freshwater Crocodiles are considered secure.