National Geographic Daily News

Saltwater Crocodile

Photograph by James Walters, My Shot

Saltwater crocodiles, or “salties,” are the world’s largest crocodilians, sometimes stretching 23 feet (7 meters) in length and topping 2,200 pounds (1,000) kilograms. Yet these crocs hunt by stealth, lying in wait below shoreline waters to snatch crabs and turtles or spring upon thirsty animals that have come to drink. Saltwater crocs kill a number of people each year, but suffer far more at human hands than vice versa.

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