Friday, December 03, 2010

My kind of Mugger

The most common of Sri Lanka's two crocodillians is the Marsh or Mugger Crocodile (Crocodylus palustris)...


Mugger, which conjures rather frightening images, is apparently a corruption of the Urdu Magar meaning water monster. Muggers generally top out at 10 feet-odd for males although apparently they can rarely get considerably larger (a 16-footer is on the record supposedly). As you may have guessed from their heavy built heads this is a generalist croc rather than a pure fish-eater and will take monkeys and small deer as well as on occasion animals as big as water buffalo and sambar deer.


As you may also have guessed they can get quite densely populated too. More to come on crocs soon.

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