Australian Saltwater Crocodile
Terry, a true Territorian was wild caught from Darwin harbour in April 2002 and
transported to Alice Springs on a car trailer. Terry is a male and when capture
was about ten years old, weighing approx. 200 kg, 3.3 metres long and with jaws
able to deliver 3 1/2 tonnes of crushing power!
Terry went on display in July 2002 after an initial ‘settling-in’ period and
behaves exactly like a wild croc, during the day resting silently underwater! If
you watch Terry for 15 minutes you will see him slowly rise so that his nostrils
just break the surface of the water taking a breath of air and then go back down
Terry is kept in saltwater maintained at 23ºC during winter and 27ºC during
summer just like Darwin harbour and is heated by a computer controlled solar hot
water system with extra BOC gas heating during the cold winter nights, and that
glass you are looking through is reinforced 40mm thick and weighs over 500 kg!
Alice Springs Reptile