Idea #413 – Observing the crocodiles in Yala
Crocodylus palustris, the “Crocodile of Swamps”, is a sort(species) of Crocodilia living in Iran, in Pakistan, in India, in Nepal, in Bangladesh and in Sri Lanka. Its presence in South-East Asia is uncertain. This species can reach 4 5 meters long. The adults hunt mainly fishes, amphibians, reptiles as snakes and tortoises, birds and mammals as monkeys. Occasionally, it attacks mammals more important as cervids or cattle and can also attack the man. It frequents fresh water and adapted well itself to the works human as the restraints of water artificial or the irrigation channels. It is capable of venturing on the ground on several kilometers to find a suitable housing environment. The current populations are low : 5 000 to 10 000 individuals. The widest populations are in Sri Lanka with 2 000 individuals and in India with staff estimated from 3 000 to 5 000 individuals. Programs of preservation were set up, in particular in India, including programs of breeding and reintroduction in protected zones, although many oppose the presence of this predator.
Where is it ?
Yala National Park, Sri Lanka