• Animals in Wilpattu National Park, Sri Lankan Animals, Animals of Sri Lanka

Saltwater Crocodile

The Saltwater Crocodile (Crocodylus porosus) is the largest living reptile and the largest living predator on land and water in the world. The male crocodile is generally between 14 and 17 ft in length, sometimes reaching up to 20.7 ft and weighs between 400 and 1000 kg. It can be recognized by its broad body that is grayish brown in colour, the wide stout and long muzzle and fewer armour plates on its neck. The saltwater crocodile can also live in mangrove swamps, estuaries, rivers and lagoons. Being an ambush predator it feeds on reptiles, mammals, birds, crustaceans, fish and is recognized as a ‘Man-eater” making it the most dangerous crocodilian to human beings.