We took an impromtu visit to Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve and were surprised to spot a crocodile basking in the sun. We were told by the staff there that there are between 10 and 13 such crocodiles roaming the reserve. Estuarine crocodiles are known to inhabit the waters of Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve. These are wild animals and they have a reputation for being aggressive. Crocodile warning signs have been posted at various parts of the Reserve where they are most often spotted. More about Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve during our previous visit here.
The estuarine crocodile is one of the largest and most dangerous species and has been known to attack man. It is rapidly being exterminated since its hide is considered the most valuable of all crocodiles’ for leather. It is now illegal to catch the estuarine crocodile in many areas, but the population is still low. Where hunting is allowed, it is restricted, and skin exports are controlled. The most aquatic and most marine of all crocodile species, the estuarine crocodile spends little time on land and swims great distances. The female lays 25 to 90 eggs in a mound of plant debris which she scrapes together near water. She guards the eggs for about 3 months while they incubate.