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A Short History of Crocs

Video highlights from Outback Wrangler

It is estimated that there are more than 80,000 Saltwater Crocodiles in the Northern Territory, making it the densest population of Salties in the world.

It is estimated that there are more than 80,000 Saltwater Crocodiles in the Northern Territory, making it the densest population of Salties in the world.

You can safely (or maybe not so safely) assume that any body of water in the Top End could have a Crocodile lurking just below the surface.

But this was not always the case.

Between 1945 and 1970, it’s thought that 300,000 Crocodiles were hunted for their skins, used in production of expensive shoes, bags and jackets, almost driving the species to extinction

Today with a healthy population restored, Crocs may be a worry for fisherman, cattle owners and tourists looking to cool off; but without them the aquatic ecosystem could potentially fall apart.

As apex predators they control fish populations, keep invasive species out of areas they shouldn’t be and even kill and eat their own to maintain territory.

Matt Wright returns in a brand new season of Outback Wrangler. Outback Wrangler 3 - Wednesdays 8.30pm from December 6 on National Geographic.

Watch Matt with a 17ft croc here: http://www.nationalgeographic.com.au/outbackwrangler

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