Freshwater Crocodile vocalizations

Juvenile freshwater crocodile (Crocodylus johnsoni) vocalizations— a freshie distress call. Filmed while I was away from NT a few weeks ago.

Tonight I spent a long time in the monsoon forest observing three slaty-greys (Stegonotus cucullatus) foraging in the leaf litter and two water pythons (Liasis fuscus), one lying among lianas in an ambush position. Even though these snakes can be encountered frequently on roads in the Top End, it is great to observe them in a natural setting. The high density of understory vegetation in the monsoon forest reminds me of the tropical forests in Costa Rica and brings me comfort. It is only a matter of time before that area becomes completely flooded and inaccessible on foot. To crocodiles, however, with the rise in water level much more terrain becomes traversable— they are sure to start popping up in new places!

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Photographed in situ [1]

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