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Management program for the saltwater crocodile in the Northern Territory of Australia 2009-2013



Management program for the saltwater crocodile in the Northern Territory of Australia 2009-2013


Fukuda, Yusuke; Delaney, Robyn; Leach, Gregory J

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Northern Territory. Department of Natural Resources, Environment, The Arts and Sport


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The draft program is open for public comment to Friday 29 May 2009. Includes Summary document.


Date:2009-04; Made available via the Publications (Legal Deposit) Act 2004 (NT).




Crocodylus porosus -- Northern Territory; Crocodiles -- Conservation -- Northern Territory; Crocodiles -- Control -- Northern Territory; Crocodiles -- Government Policy -- Northern Territory

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Northern Territory Government

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60 pages : illustration, maps ; 30 cm.

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Attribution International 4.0 (CC BY 4.0)

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Northern Territory Government



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http://hdl.handle.net/10070/214159[Final Edition]

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Draft Management Program for the Saltwater Crocodile in the Northern Territory 39 Appendix 1: Saltwater Crocodile Background Information Crocodylus porosus Conservation status Northern Territory (Territory Parks and Wildlife Conservation Act): Protected species but not listed as threatened. Australia (Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation (EPBC) Act): Marine protected species but not listed as threatened. International (Convention on the International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES)): Appendix II for the Australian population. Australia is a party to CITES, and with the EPBC Act ensuring that its obligations are discharged. Distribution C. porosus are found from Sri Lanka and the east coast of India in the west to the Caroline Islands in the east and from Myanmar and south-east Asia in the north to Australia in the south. C. porosus inhabit coastal rivers and swamps, the open sea and island shorelines, and their distribution extends well inland via major rivers and floodplain billabongs into freshwater rivers, creeks and swamps. In Australia, C. porosus occur in high densities in the tidal portions of some mangrove-lined rivers; particularly those associated with extensive freshwater wetlands or floodplains. C. porosus may therefore occur in any salt or fresh water within their range. Detailed descriptions of C. porosus habitats within the Northern Territory are available in Letnic and Connors 2006; Messel et al. 1981; Magnusson 1980; Magnusson et al. 1978; Magnusson and Taylor 1980; Webb et al. 1977, 1983; and Usback and James 1993. Figure 1: The distribution of Crocodylus porosus in Australia (Source: Cogger 1993). Ecology Cogger 1993 provides a general description of Crocodilia; Grigg and Gans 1993, CooperPreston and Jenkins 1993 and Molnar 1993 discuss morphology, physiology, natural history, biogeography and phylogeny. Detailed discussion of many topics concerning crocodile biology may be found in Webb et al. 1987. Considerable research has been conducted into the biology and status of C. porosus in northern Australia, particularly in the Northern Territory. Their biology, population dynamics, recovery since protection and management have been the subject of intensive research

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