East Kalimantan is also famous with the crocodiles and in this farm, you can see many kinds of crocodilians of varying sizes and ages. The rivers in Kalimantan/Borneo cannot be separated from the existence of a reptile called “crocodile”. In some places in Borneo, it is prohibited to say “crocodile” when somebody in the river because it is believed to summon a crocodile to come.
Teritip is an area in Balikpapan, East Kalimantan used for breeding. Crocodiles look calm. They’re just napping or just floating in the water. Once they move, their nature character appears, looks so brutal. They slash their snout so fast and powerful.
There are 3 types of crocodiles are bred in Teritip. All three are are crocodile native to Indonesia, especially those inhabiting the island of Borneo / Kalimantan:
The Saltwater Crocodile (Crocodylus porosus):
This species is also known as saltie, estuarine or Indo-Pacific crocodile. This species is the largest living reptile until now, greater than nil crocodiles and alligators. Reportedly, There was a 12-meter saltwater crocodile found in Sangatta, East Kalimantan. This measure is well above the average size of saltwater crocodiles which usually has a length of 5 meters and weigh about 1000kg.
False Gharial Crocodile (Tomistoma schlegelii):
This crocodile is also known as the Malayan gharial and Sunda gharial. It is a freshwater crocodile with a very thin and elongated snout. Apart from rivers, they inhabit swamps and lakes. Its onservation status is vulnerable.
Freshwater crocodile(Crocodylus siamensis):
Crocodylus siamensis is a freshwater crocodile native to Borneo/Kalimantan. The conservation status of this species is critically endangered. Its other common names include: Siamese freshwater crocodile, Singapore small-grain, cocodrilo de Siam, crocodile du Siam, buaja, buaya kodok, jara kaenumchued, and soft-belly.
It’s a bit difficult to distinguish freshwater crocodiles and saltwater crocodile. At a glance, their physical appearance is almost the same. According to Mark O’Shea, the easiest way to distinguish is to look over his upper neck. Freshwater crocodiles have twin paired post-occipitals, while the saltwater crocodiles do not have it.
How to get there: This farm located 28kms off the downtown of Balikpapan.
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