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The Safest Place on Earth

Baby in mouth

Being a saltwater crocodile baby is quite an experience. First you're buried under several inches of hardened mud and vegetation, and later your mother digs you out with her front legs and jaws, seizing you in her teeth and depositing you on her soft, moist tongue. This hatchling peering out from the jaws of death doesn't realise that its in the safest place on Earth. Of all the creatures around it, its mother is the least likely to eat her. Hungry varanid lizards, a variety of snakes and birds, and even large fish will prey upon tasty hatchlings (tastes like chicken, don't you know?). The biggest threat, however, comes not from these hungry creatures, but rather from other adult saltwater crocodiles - the cause of the greatest mortality in juvenile crocodiles. Life at the top is good for a large adult, but getting there is another matter - less than 1 in 100 baby crocodiles will survive to see their 8th birthday (or rather, hatchday).


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