Crocs – and Not the Shoes – Cruise Traveller

Crocs – and Not the Shoes

Salt Water Crocodile, Kimberley, Australia.


Pronounced: sul – tee

Definition: To be annoyed by or in an irritated state of mind | or a great big hunk of pre-historic bad-boy

Australia’s north is renowned for it’s population of “salties” or salt water crocodiles. Salty is such a short name for such a magnificent creature, that we thought we’d spell it out a little more.

Crocodile, Hunter River, Prince Frederick Harbour – Nick Rains – Ponant Cruises

S is for Seriously Big

Crocodile sunning itself, King George River – The Kimberley – Ponant Cruises Nick Rains

Our salties are the world’s largest living reptiles – the fellas grow to up to 6 metres long and can weigh up to 1300 kg. The ladies are quite a bit smaller at about 3 metres long – but don’t underestimate them.

A is for Apex Predator

The average Australian crocodile likes to ambush it’s prey and then drowns or swallows it whole. It’s such a fierce hunter that even sharks will make a nice smoko snack for them.

L is for Long Life

They say when you lead a life of exercise and eat a balanced diet you can lead a very long life indeed. The average salty lives for up to 70 years – so the “see food – eat food” diet seems to have some positives.

T is for Teeth

Mouth of a crocodile – Tourism Australia

With 66 sharp pointy teeth and the greatest pressure bite of any animal in the world – a croc’s teeth are it’s tools of the trade and it’s tiara.

Y is for Young

Baby Crocodile – Hunter River, The Kimberley – by Paul Patton

Motherhood is a serious proposition for the salty girls. They can lay up to 60 eggs at a time and will definitely take a swipe at anyone who feels like bacon and eggs for breakfast.

To visit Australia’s north and see salties in the wild, try a Kimberley Expedition cruise!