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Crocodylus siamensis (1) skull

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Description

Origin : Thailand

Size : cm 31 x 11.8


Siamese Crocodile Skull, complete of mandible, cm 31 x 11.8, only a piece, as in pictures.
CITES included.


The Siamese crocodile (Crocodylus siamensis, Schneider, 1801) is a species of freshwater crocodile native to Southeast Asia.
The young specimens measure 1.2-1.5 m and weigh 6-12 kg, while the adult specimen can reach a length of up to 4 meters and 350 kg in weight. It has a rather broad muzzle and a high bony crest behind each eye. Overall, it is olive green in color, with some variation to dark green.
Siamese crocodiles are found in a wide range of freshwater habitats, including slow-flowing rivers and streams, lakes and swamps.
They feed mainly on fish and snakes, but also on amphibians and small mammals. Very little is known about the habits of this species in the wild, but the females build mound-shaped nests with plant debris scraped and mixed with mud. In captivity, these crocodiles reproduce during the rainy season (April to May), laying between 15 and 50 eggs, which are then supervised until hatching. After incubation, the female assists her young as they emerge from the eggs and then carries the young into the water in her jaws.
At the end of the 19th century this reptile - present in Vietnam, Laos, the Malacca peninsula, Thailand and in the islands of Java and Borneo - was common and widespread in all the lakes and swamps of Indochina. Later, due to the man looking for his skins and due to the devastation of the habitats, the species disappeared; it is one of the most endangered crocodiles in the wild, although it is widely bred in captivity. In the 21st century, in fact, in Myanmar, Laos, Cambodia, China and Thailand, attempts are being made to repopulate the species with an intensive program of reintegration and conservation in their habitats which essentially makes use of commercial breeding. Since 2012, numerous purebred Cambodian Siamese crocodiles have been released into protected areas to bolster impoverished wild populations. A number of individuals kept in captivity are the result of hybridization with the saltwater crocodile, but several thousand "pure" individuals exist in captivity and are regularly bred, especially in Thailand. In particular, Thailand's Pang Sida National Park, near Cambodia, has a project to reintroduce the Siamese crocodile into the wild. Numerous young crocodiles were released into a small and remote river in the park, not accessible to visitors. Thailand has the best-organized system of protected areas, the largest source of farm-raised crocodiles for restocking, and the region's most developed crocodile management program. Although therefore the species has practically disappeared from the natural environment, it is possible to re-establish viable populations in protected areas.
Our specimens for sale, all duly reported, come from Thai breeding centers, the number of which and relative culls are under strict control.



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