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Image Tracking crocodiles
By tropicbreeze on October 28, 2010

This article I'm starting with is about the capture and attachment of a satellite tracking device to a crocodile which I was involved with yesterday. This time when I went out I made sure I had my camera and so ended up with quite a lot of photos (over 150 in fact) which give a good pictorial description of the process. Of course I haven't posted all 150 photos. The thumbnail for this article is a mask from New Guinea, related to a crocodile cult. The mask is housed at Crocodylus Park in Darwin where I took the photo.

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Imagebillyporter
Oct 28, 2010 5:53 AM CST
Name: Sally
Nichols, iowa
This is something I've never seen on the nature shows. I can imagine the thrill of finding a croc in the cage and the adrenalin when it's time to release.

Thanks for the exellent details!

And stay safe :o)

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Sally, it's a "double edged sword". After months of rebaiting and checking traps there's a feeling of having achieved something. On the other hand, it's a concern that a croc got to somewhere it shouldn't have. It was a fortnight since I'd last checked that trap.
TB
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Imagestarlight1153
Oct 28, 2010 8:23 AM CST
Name: starlight1153 Zone 8a/b
AL.
What an enlightening article. I very much enjoyed it. I never can remember whether we have crocs or alligators here, but I do know while fascinating to watch, they can be deadly.

It is not unusual to be out fishing and go to reel in your fish, reach down for it and find what looks to be a log next to you, until you see the eye.

What has become bad, is folks seeing smaller ones have feed them such things a s marshmallows and Cheetos and other bits of human food. What they don't realize is how they small croc will eventually grow up to become big and associate humans with food and can inadvertently cause injury or death.


Now I know why they always use one rope on the top. One of the things I never did understand though, and I know it is strong, is the use of duck tape. I always thought that it would stick and when being removed caused the lose of skin leaving an open wound.

You have a very interesting job, one that keeps you on your toes for sure. I hope you decide to write more articles. I never knew they could like curl up.

Thanks for sharing your story and teaching us too. Thumbs up

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There's actually both crocs and alligators in the US. The best known and the most common is Alligator mississippiensis which is purely a freshwater species. Crocodylus acutus inhabits marine and brackish habitats in northern South America, Central America, with a small outlier population in southern Florida. It's on the endangered list mainly from habitat destruction. They grow to a larger size than alligators.

Feeding wildlife is a concern here as well. And that includes leaving fish carcasses or guts on river banks. Crocs don't make a distinction between what the hand is feeding them and the hand itself that's feeding them.

As I mentioned in the article, crocs don't have a strong muscle to open their jaws. Not a great deal of restraint will keep it shut. But their skin is tough and undamaged by duct tape. They're not like people who are squeemish about removal of just a bandaid, LOL.
TB
ImageZanymuse
Oct 28, 2010 11:03 AM CST
Name: Brenda Essig
Rio Dell, CA
What a risky job! I don't even feed the raccoons because I don't want them being too "familiar" with me. To feed these prehistoric creatures...No Way!

It is fascinating to read about them. Thanks for a great article.

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Brenda, it's not "risky". I make as sure as possible every element of risk is eliminated before I do anything. You can do everything right any number of times. You might only ever do it wrong once. This applies to lots of situations.
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Imageadinamiti
Oct 28, 2010 2:10 PM CST
Name: Adina Dosan
Balotesti, Romania
Tropic, that was great! Thanks for such an amazing article!

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Thanks Adina.
TB
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Imagefirefly
Oct 28, 2010 3:31 PM CST
Name: Christine
Mid Michigan
I sure learned a lot. One thing I learned was that I am happy to live in Michigan where it is too cold for big lizards.

I feel safer looking at pictures.

Thanks for sharing your exciting day with us!

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Christine, glad you liked it. Guess I worry more about "two-legged reptiles" that inhabit all climates..
TB
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Imagegoldfinch4
Oct 29, 2010 11:24 AM CST
Name: Chris
Wisconsin z4
Wonderful article and really enjoyed all the pictures. You've got a lot of guts!!!!

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Chris, Thanks. And I intend to keep all my guts and not feed them to the crocs. :lol:
TB
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Oct 30, 2010 6:17 AM CST
Name: Joey
WV
fish & flowers
Tropic, I really think that your article is Great! You do have a unique talent. And a neat job! Like I had said earlier....like watching the National Geographic channel (which is one of my faves, btw)

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Thanks Joey, it good to see what's going on in that big wide world around us.
TB
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Imageboojum
Oct 30, 2010 9:27 AM CST
Name: Kathy
Western MA zone 4-5a
Zig, another revelatory article. I love it!!! We all know stuff about animal behavior but rarely have a peak behind the scenes! Great careful planning! Just "Fascinating!"

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Thanks Kathy, glad you enjoyed it.
TB
Imagebillyporter
Nov 8, 2010 6:32 AM CST
Name: Sally
Nichols, iowa
IPTTV, on regular TV, has nature shows. The other day they did deadliest predators. The Saltie was one and he was HUGE! I think I vote the Komodo Dragon myself. A nasty bit of lizard!
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tropicbreeze
Nov 8, 2010 7:28 AM CST
Sally, apparently they use virtually the same method of handling Komodo Dragons as for Salties. Komodo Dragons have a very toxic saliva which acts like a venom. They come from close to here, just to the north. We have a large lizard almost as long as it but more slender, the Perentie. It's a very attractive looking lizard, unlike the Komodo Dragon.
Imageboojum
Nov 8, 2010 9:16 AM CST
Name: Kathy
Western MA zone 4-5a
One man's attractive.... http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Perentie_Lizard_Perth_Zoo_...
Imagestarlight1153
Nov 9, 2010 5:20 PM CST
Name: starlight1153 Zone 8a/b
AL.
Komodo's are cute when they are small. But they can get real feisty when they get bigger and do they like a lot of exercise. Dino has a wicked tail when he gets mad. They are good climbers too.

Meet Dino..

dino

Topical.. Have you been bit before?
tropicbreeze
Dec 23, 2010 3:26 AM CST
Don't know how I missed these last two posts, sorry.

Kathy, the Perentie is a really beautiful looking animal, but close up are they ever huge.

Starlight, so who's job is it to take Dino for a walk? Hopefully after dinner and not before, coz that might easily end up being "during"! Sad

I've never been bitten by a crocodile but a friend I work with was, around the waist. He spent 3 months in hospital and even now, about 15 years later, he has a lot of hip trouble.
Imagefirefly
Dec 23, 2010 6:22 AM CST
Name: Christine
Mid Michigan
Glad this came back up.

As Christmas arrives here, we had company that was talking about a mall not far from here that is selling baby alligators at a kiosk. I guess it is legal. I don't go to the mall, so I did not know this. He said that they have been selling them all year. He was worried about them growing and being left in a swamp, where he then hunts fowl in the fall when it is still warm. I was appalled that they were selling these as pets. To take them out of their habitat I think is criminal.
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tropicbreeze
Dec 23, 2010 9:46 AM CST
Christine, I don't know what the regulations are over there for keeping crocodiles/alligators but here it's tightly controlled.

Alligators are not allowed to be kept privately in the Northern Territory, they're an exotic. Crocodiles can be kept in an urban area only until they're 60 cms long (about 2 feet). Then they have to be surrended to where you bought them or to the wildlife authorities. You have to have a permit to keep them and before you get it your place and facilities are checked by the authorities for suitability.

If you live in a rural area you can keep them longer, provided you have a large area of land and suitable enclosures - cyclone wire embedded deep into concrete in the ground.

In other states the regulations may vary, in some you're not allowed to keep them at all unless you have a special purpose licence. One of the big worries is accidental (or even non-accidental) release of a dangerous animal which isn't afraid of people and associates people with food.

Where they don't occur naturally the authorities may not even think about them. That might mean that it's not so much it's legal to keep them, just that there's no laws saying that you can't keep them.
Imagefirefly
Dec 24, 2010 5:14 AM CST
Name: Christine
Mid Michigan
Thanks for the information. It is very interesting. I am all for pets. I just think this one would be better suited where it lives already. Hilarious!

I enjoy your critters from a distance.
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tropicbreeze
Dec 25, 2010 5:33 AM CST
Christine, part of their natural habitat is my place. Last wet season a roughly 3 metre (about 9.8 feet) Estuarine Crocodile came through my place. How many times it's been there when I haven't noticed is anybody's guess. I liken it to being in a city where you can walk around and not worry about cars provided you do the right thing. Do the wrong thing and you can be killed by them. It's the same with crocodiles.
Imageboojum
Dec 25, 2010 7:01 AM CST
Name: Kathy
Western MA zone 4-5a
We have bears the same way. I was told when I moved here that there was a bear that liked the property, but we take down the bird feeders in summer, don't compost food products, and bring the trash (indoors) to the dump every week, and the bears hang at other neighbors and in the woods now.
Imagebillyporter
Dec 25, 2010 12:27 PM CST
Name: Sally
Nichols, iowa
Perentie Lizard is beautiful!

Starlight, smiling over the harness. A pet?

Christine, I agree. My cousins soon found that caring for their baby alligators was a lot of work. This was in the late 60's. The zoo in town agreed to take them.

Tropic, thank goodness for strict rules. I don't feel any exotic should be kept. If you can't let it roam free in your house and if it doesn't come when you call it, you shouldn't have it.

A small town has no secrets except itself
Imagefirefly
Dec 26, 2010 6:48 AM CST
Name: Christine
Mid Michigan
We are always afraid of what we do not know.

We have bears too.
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