Credit: Adam Larner
Docile and lethal at the same time, often at an unexpected moment, these beasts are known as silent apex predators for their display of calm demeanour when they are lurking in the waters. Thriving in the murky waters of Borneo, a home to the oldest rainforests in the world, they are often seen as a threat to human. Their swift and quiet ambush can take their victims by surprise and unprepared for escape.
Hungry crocodiles rushing for the afternoon meal. Quite a commotion there. Credit: Adam Larner
The longest crocodile kept in captivity was a saltwater crocodile of Crocodylus Porosus species measured at 20 feet 3 inch and weighed at 1,075 kg. By default, crocodiles do not feed on human. They will only attack when they feel threatened or in extreme cases due to mistaken identity where they mistake humans for animals like monkeys, their usual prey.
Feeding time at Jong Crocodile Farm, Serian, Kuching, Sarawak. Credit: Adam Larner.
However, the recent increase in human-crocodile contact in Sarawak (Malaysian Borneo) has brought the need for immediate measures to reduce and prevent human casualty.
It is playtime. Credit: Adam Larner
It was actually quite a joy to watch these beasts getting playful and frolicking among themselves in the water.
Yes! Got my meal. Credit: Adam Larner.
The crocodiles were fed with chicken meat twice daily. They could jump as high as 3 metres from the water to fetch for their meal which was hung and zipped along the lines crossing the pond (It was part of the show during feeding times).
A cutie. Credit: Adam Larner.
I am kind of developing a soft spot for the beasts. To me they are simply beautiful creatures which should be protected. It is a shame they are becoming endangered and almost extinct in many parts of the world due to uncontrolled commercial trade for their prized skin and meat.
I will write more about the subject in my upcoming documentary project. Follow my exciting journey getting up close and personal with the beasts.