Kakadu National Park

Yellow Waters Salties

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These formidable looking reptiles are Saltwater (Estuarine) Crocodiles (Crocodylus porosus) better known as Salties. On my 2-hour cruise, we spotted 13 of them, ranging from 2-5 meters long. Yellow Waters Wetlands, part of the South Alligator River flood plain, is home to both Salties and Freshies (Crocodylus johnstoni). Freshwater crocs are less dangerous than the aggressive salties, but may bite if provoked or teased. Salties have killed humans in Kakadu and surrounding areas such as Arnhem Land. Don't let the name fool you, Salites do live in freshwater as well as the estuaries. Pay attention to the warning signs, and don't let your little ones roam or wade at the water's edge. Salties are powerful swimmers and can run quickly over a short distances. Jaws of both species are lightening fast.

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Sometimes all you see are the nostils poking through the surface and sometimes you get a longer view. If you venture to the water's edge, make sure you have a quick out. Rumor has it that you are better off running zigzags if a saltie is on your tail, but that was a theory I didn't feel like testing.

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En Route to Kakadu

Kakadu National Park

Twin Falls

Yellow Waters Birds

Yellow Waters Flora

Kakadu Other Fauna

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