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Swamp Thing

Large saltie in the mud

This month's photograph comes from David Kledzik of the St Augustine Alligator Farm in Florida, and was taken at the Cairns Crocodile Farm in Queensland while they were picking up their new crocodile, Maximo. While Maximo is a large saltie, this one is larger still, and by David's best estimate exceeded 16 feet in length. There really is no substitute for seeing a large saltie in the flesh, but this photograph portrays his enormous mass very well. Lying in shallow water, crocodiles often bury themselves into the mud to protect themselves from the heat. Even though crocodiles use the sun to raise their body temperature, it is vital they do not overheat - a core body temperature approaching 40 celsius is getting dangerously high. A thick coat of mud doesn't exactly do wonders for a crocodile's appearance, but does this croc look like it cares?





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