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Freshwater crocodile
Temporal range: Early Pleistocene-recent
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Scientific classification
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Range of the freshwater crocodile in black
  • Crocodilus johnsoni
    Krefft, 1873
  • Crocodilus (Philas) johnstoni
    Gray, 1874
  • Philas johnstoni
    — Wells & Wellington, 1984
  • Crocodylus johnstoni
    — Cogger, 2000

The freshwater crocodile (Crocodylus johnstoni or Crocodylus johnsoni), is a type of crocodile that only lives in the northern regions of Australia. Freshwater crocodiles do not attack humans. But, sometimes they will bite to protect themselves or can sometimes mistake humans for food.


Males can grow as long as 2.3–3 m (7.5–9.8 ft). Females can grow as long as 2.1 m (6.9 ft). Males usually weigh about 70 kg (150 lb). Big ones can weigh about 100 kg (220 lb) or more. Females can weigh about 40 kg (88 lb). Freshwater crocodiles are very shy animals. They also have a slender snout. There teeth are small than the dangerous saltwater crocodile.


Freshwater crocodiles live in the states of Western Australia, Queensland, and the Northern Territory. Freshwater crocodiles live in many habitats in Australia. They include: freshwater wetlands, billabongs, rivers and creeks. Freshwater crocodiles can live in places where saltwater crocodiles can not.

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