Salt water crocodile
Zoological name: Crocodylus porosus is the zoological name of estuarine or salt-water crocodile.
Distribution: Estuarine crocodiles are distributed in India, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Indonesia, Myanmar etc. In India, it is now mostly confined to the coastal mangrove areas.
Habitat: They inhabit in tidal estuaries of the larger rivers, marine swamps and coastal brackish water lakes.
Physical feature: It may reach up to 5 m in length and weigh more than 400 kg. The body colour is dark olive or brownish olive above interspersed with yellow. Young have black markings above. The estuarine crocodile has a longer snout than marsh crocodile. They have six to eight longitudinal series of bony plates or scutes. Unlike the marsh crocodile, a strong ridge in front of eyes is present in estuarine crocodile. Another distinguishing feature by which the estuarine crocodile can separate form the marsh crocodile is that it has no enlarged post occipital scales.