Mary River croc's offspring could become wallets and belts

THE crocodile caught in Mary River and taken to Rockhampton will not be turned into a leather purse or handbag.

But its offspring might be.

Koorana Crocodile Farm took the 3.1m crocodile after it was caught in the river in November.

On its website, the farm advertises crocodile skin products, which "comes from the Koorana Crocodile Farm in Queensland, Australia".

When asked if that meant the male crocodile caught in Mary River might one day become a leather product, farm owner John Lever said that would not happen but the crocodile's offspring were not safe.

"The croc will be used as a breeder and will be on public display to tell of his capture," Mr Lever said.

"When he has lost his shyness we will put a female in the pen next to him for about three months and observe their interaction.

"When appropriate we will open the gate and hopefully get a positive reaction resulting in fertile eggs.

"The progeny from these eggs can be used for skin production, not the wild caught breeders."

Mr Lever said the Mary River crocodile was doing okay and eating, but was still very shy.

"There is nothing new to report other than I have seen him once since he has been here and that was at night.

"He will not be put on public display until he has lost some of his shy behaviour and this may take a year or so."

Saltwater crocodiles

  • The female typically lays 40-60 eggs but can lay up to 90
  • She exhibits a remarkable level of maternal care for a reptile, responding to yelping from her young and remaining with them for several months. Despite this, egg losses are heavy in the wild
  • Saltwater crocodiles have a lifespan upwards of 70 years


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