Golden Crocodile

(Description copied word for word from the Shark Reef Aquarium of Mandalay Bay website)

The Golden Crocodiles at Shark Reef Aquarium [Las Vegas, Nevada] are a hybrid of Saltwater and Siamese Crocodiles. These animals have less pigment than other crocodiles, giving them their unique golden color. They are typically found in swamps, lakes, rivers, streams, and brackish water, although they have been known to travel long distances by sea.

Golden crocodiles can reach up to 20 feet in length and weigh close to one ton, making them one of the largest reptiles on Earth. They are also one of the fiercest hunters, ambushing their prey and using their powerful jaws equipped with 60 teeth to clamp down and drag it to its demise. Our crocodiles are fed a diet of chicken, fish, and rats. They are fed 2 or 3 times a week, depending on the season.

Although these crocodiles are natural predators, about 35 years ago every species of crocodile, alligator, caiman, and gharial were endangered or threatened. Today, groups such as the Crocodile Specialist Group and the IUCN (International Union for the Conservation of Nature) have developed conservation programs that have led to an increase in the populations of many crocodilian species.

While similar in appearance, there are 2 quick ways to tell a crocodile from an alligator. Crocodiles have a pointy “V” shaped snout, and when the mouth is closed, both the top and bottom teeth are visible. Alligators have a rounder “U” shaped snout, and when the mouth is closed, only the top teeth are visible.

http://www.sharkreef.com/explore/animals.aspx

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crocodile, reflections, eye, golden crocodile, water, nevada, las vegas, et

Comments

  • imagetj
    imagetjover 4 years ago

    that is cool

  • Thanks! (It looks really odd when you rotate it sideways!)

    – Kirstyshots

  • Ray Clarke
    Ray Clarkeover 4 years ago

  • Thanks!

    – Kirstyshots

  • Jenny Dean
    Jenny Deanover 4 years ago

    fabulous shot!!

  • Thanks so much!

    – Kirstyshots

  • Ray Clarke
    Ray Clarkeover 4 years ago

  • Thanks so much!

    – Kirstyshots

  • TheRoacH
    TheRoacHover 4 years ago

    Great shot!!

  • Much obliged!

    – Kirstyshots

  • TazzieClare
    TazzieClareover 4 years ago

    wow, thats amazing well done…very close mind your fingers:)

  • He He :) Thanks!

    – Kirstyshots

  • Caren
    Carenover 4 years ago

    Fabulous!

  • Thanks much!

    – Kirstyshots

  • Rose Gallik
    Rose Gallikover 4 years ago

    This is really cool – how everyone knows what animal this is – I don’t croc or ali is my guess! Very Unique Capture!

  • Thanks Rose! He is a “Golden Crocodile,” which is a hybrid between a Saltwater and a Siamese croc. I just looked up a description on the web page of the aquarium where I photographed the fella and posted it. Thanks for asking, I couldn’t remember what he was called myself :)

    – Kirstyshots

  • Corkle
    Corkleover 4 years ago

    very cool shot! congrats on your feature.

  • Thanks and thanks!

    – Kirstyshots

  • Kirstyshots
    Kirstyshotsover 4 years ago

    Thank you Laurent!

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