Croc population on the rise in Orissa

Guest Writer

Forest officials in Bhitarkanika National Park, in the Indian state of Orissa, sighted 1,610 estuarine crocodiles during a recent week-long census of the animals, The Times of India has reported. The figure shows a slight rise from last year” 1,572 crocodiles. Of the total number of crocs sighted in the 31 December-8 January census, 519 were hatchlings, 373 yearlings, 298 juveniles 150 sub-adults and 270 adults. Two giant crocodiles measuring more than 20 feet (6.1 metres) were also spotted. Four years ago, a 23-foot-long beast from Bhitarkanika entered the Guinness Book of Records as the world’s largest saltwater crocodile.

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