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New Guinea crocodile
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New Guinea crocodile at Bandung Zoo in West Java, Indonesia
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Scientific classification
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Range shown in green (including Hall's New Guinea crocodile)

C. n. novaeguineae

The New Guinea crocodile (Crocodylus novaeguineae) is a type of crocodile. It lives on the island of New Guinea. The habitat of the New Guinea crocodile is mostly freshwater swamps and lakes. It is very active at night when it feeds on fish and other small animals.


A female crocodile lays a clutch of eggs in a nest made of different plants. The female crocodile stays close to guard the nest.


This crocodile was over-hunted for its skin in the middle of the 20th century, but because of conservation it no longer an endangered species. It is reared in ranches.

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