One Species at a Time
9:33 pm
Sun July 21, 2013

A Unique Urban Problem: Too Many Crocodiles

Credit Gerald and Buff Corsi. CalPhotos. CC BY-NC-SA

The city of Darwin in Australia’s Northern Territory lies in the heart of crocodile country. In the 1950s, saltwater crocodiles were shot, skinned, and turned into shoes and handbags. After hunting was banned in the 1970s, crocodile numbers climbed. Now there’s a croc for every man, woman, and child in Darwin. Can the human citizens learn to live alongside their toothy neighbors?

Find out more about saltwater crocodiles (Crocodylus porosus) at the Encyclopedia of Life