It’s been 3 months ago since my last Herptile Spotlight. Sorry for keeping this long to spotlight our other cute (or not so cute) relatives. Some are often found as pets and some could never be pet, like our last spotlight, Komodo Dragon.
Today I want to introduce you to Crocodylus Porosus, or mostly known as Buaya Muara in Indonesian.
picture taken from Satwa Langka
I have searched a bit and found out that in English this buaya (crocodile) is called as Salt-water crocodile. They don’t actually live in the sea eventhough they are called salt-water crocodile, they live in the river and the mouth of river the leads to the sea. They can be found in ALMOST all Indonesian rivers, mostly in Kalimantan and Sumatra. But,they don’t live only in Indonesia. You can find them in this area:
This crocodile can be as long as 12 meters from head to tail. One as long as that was once found in Sangatta, Kalimantan. Buaya Muara is known to be the biggest crocodile in the world, even bigger than Crocodylus niloticus (crocodile from the nil river, Egypt) and Alligator mississipiensis (from the river of Mississippi). their favorite habitats are Indonesian and Australian rivers.
What’s interesting about this relative of ours is their ability to jump up from the river to attack their prey. This crocodile likes salt water,that’s why they often live near the sea but still in the river, we call this area as muara.
Buaya Muara also known as the most visious crocodile in the world.
Some people own them as pet 🙂
Last year, mommy went to a reptile show and met someone with a buaya muara pet (please excuse my mom’s signature, we took these pictures from her deviantart account)
Here is another shot of him. His eye is so scary
Mommy asked his daddy about him. His daddy told her that this 1,5 years old crocodile is very tame and never tried to bite anyone. the only time he bit someone was out of accident. He was opening his mouth (like most crocodile do when they are basking near the river bank) and then his daddy’s friend -out of curiosity- put his finger on his mouth. He was immediately closed his mouth because of reflect. His daddy’s friend was okay with some teeth marks on his finger.
The conclusion is: never put your finger inside the mouth of a tame crocodile 😉
Mommy asked his daddy again, what will happen once he becomes too big. His daddy said that his friend once had the same crocodile and once the crocodile reached 5 meters, he could no longer keep the crocodile and had to give the crocodile to the zoo. Here is the shot from the Ragunan Zoo:
His daddy said he will keep him as long as he can. I hope he will never be sent to the zoo. I know mommy will never send me to the zoo 😉
That’s all about our scary cousin. See you again in the next article of Herptile Spotlight (^^)/
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