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Fish and small vertebrates; but adults will also take proboscis monkeys, deer, water birds and reptile


Malaysia, Borneo, Sumatra & Java. Found in peat swamps and lowland swamp forests


Grows up to 3 – 5 metres long.
Up to 250 kg


Enjoys a lifespan of 60 – 80 years

Tomistoma crocodiles can grow huge, with females reaching 3 metres long and males up to 5 metres! Also known as the ‘False Gharial’ for its physical similarity to the strange-looking Gharial with it’s long thin snout, this reportedly has the largest skull of any living crocodilian.

They are threatened by habitat destruction,
which means they are becoming separated
into small isolated populations. They are also
hunted for their skin and meat.

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