Golden Crocodile   (Crocodylus porosus x siamensis)

 

 

The Golden Crocodile is more commonly referred to as the Philippine crocodile, Mindoro crocodile or the Philippine freshwater crocodile.   These creatures are native to the Philippines, although they have been know to travel long distances by sea.   These creatures inhabit swamps, lake, rivers, streams and brackish water.

The Golden Crocodile is a relatively small, freshwater crocodile. They are a hybrid of Saltwater and Siamese Crocodiles.   Their snout is relatively broad and thick bony plates on its back. This is a fairly small species, reaching maturity at 4.9 feet and 33 lbs. for both males and females. They have a maximum size of approximately 10 feet.   Females are slightly smaller than males. Golden Crocodiles are golden-brown in color, which darkens as it matures.   Some specimens exhibit more black patterning than others.   They have less pigment than other crocodiles attributing to their pale coloration.

These fierce hunters prey on fish, reptiles, amphibians and small mammals. These crocodiles viciously ambush their prey and use their powerful jaws drag it to its demise. These creatures have approximately 60 sharp teeth.

This species of crocodile is one of the most severely threatened crocodilian species. There are roughly 250 left in the wild as of September 2011 according to an article by National Geographic.

 

Information courtesy of wikipedia.org, sharkreef.com, animals.about.com

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