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Whitsundays Saltwater Crocodiles

Airlie Beach and the Whitsundays are not just a great destination to see and experience the natural surroundings of this beautiful part of the world, including the islands and Great Barrier Reef, but are also an amazing place to see the animals and plants of Australia up close. 

The Whitsundays offer the chance for people to get up close and personal to some of Australia’s most incredible water and land creatures including the infamous saltwater crocodile.

The saltwater croc has long been a fascinating and popular species, simply for its unique history, the diversity of the species and also the sheer size and power of the creature.

In the Airlie Beach and Proserpine region, the saltwater crocodile has thrived in their natural habitat within the rivers, creeks and estuaries so much so, that the Proserpine River has a highest density of crocodiles per kilometre in Queensland!

Saltwater crocodiles are native to Australia and can live to be 70 years old. Despite their name, saltwater crocodiles are just as happy in freshwater and have been found hundreds of kilometres in land. They are the biggest reptile in the world and have been known to eat unlucky people who stumble into their territory. Male 'salties' average over 5m in length but some have been found to be as large as 7m long. They can weigh as much as 450kgs but have been weighed in at over 1 000kgs. Female salties are much smaller, usually measuring on average of  2.5 metres to 3 metres and only weighing around 100kgs. They can stay underwater for up to an hour at a time and will grab their prey by exploding from the water and grabbing their prey. They are opportunistic eaters, grabbing anything they can, dragging it underwater and drowning it. 

To see these amazing reptiles in the wild, chat to our travel consultants at Sailing-Whitsundays about the crocodile safari day tour!

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