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Crocodile population in Bhitarkanika risesto 1698

Press Trust of India  |  Kendrapara (Odisha) 

The population of estuarine or saltwater crocodiles in Bhitarkanika National Park in district has increased to 1698 from 1682, a said.

Of these estuarine crocodiles sighted during the this year at the national park, 12 were albino species.

"At least 1698 crocodiles including albino species were counted this year along the water-bodies of Mahanadi deltaic region. The figure was 1682 last year," said Divisional Forest Officer, (wildlife) Forest Division, Bimal

In 2016, altogether 1671 crocodiles had been sighted.

Thus, has established itself as an ideal habitation corridor for estuarine crocodiles with their population maintaining a rising graph, Acharya said.

Three giant male crocodiles measuring more than 20 feet long were sighted by enumerators. This included a 21-foot long reptile which finds a pride of place in the Guinness Book of World Records as the longest living crocodile, he said.

This apart, as many as 40 large-size crocodiles measuring 14 to 19 feet were sighted during the count operation conducted between January 3 and 10.

The figure of these animals was released by the forest department early this week.

The enumerators found 610 hatchlings, 338 yearlings, 267 juveniles, 172 sub-adults and 311 adult crocodiles in the the region criss-crossed by innumerable water inlets, creeks and nullahs forming the Bhitarkanika river system.

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First Published: Fri, January 12 2018. 13:05 IST