Did You Know?: Siamese Crocodiles

<a href=”http://foodwebstoriesdotcom.files.wordpress.com/2014/01/siamese-crocodile.jpg”><img class=”size-medium wp-image-323 alignleft” src=”http://foodwebstoriesdotcom.files.wordpress.com/2014/01/siamese-crocodile.jpg?w=300&#8243; alt=”siamese-crocodile” width=”300″ height=”161″ /></a>Narrow long heads with the ability to filter salt with fully realized salt glands setting them apart from the other reptiles in their order is the Crocodile. Crocodiles are tropical loving species sensitive to cold which Alligators are not. Crocodiles who are older than alligators by a few million years can be found in African, Asian, American, and Australian tropical regions. Alligators however are native to the Americas and China. There are 14 known extant species of crocodiles. Extant means they are still alive while extinct is another story. Many crocodiles are recorded to be at risk of extinction with some classified as critically endangered. Since 1992, 5 years after being placed on the endangered species list, the Siamese Crocodile was labeled critically endangered. For years many thought Siamese Crocodiles were extinct in the wild with the remaining populations in captivity living on crocodile farms iin the same countries of it’s usual nesting habitats, that is until a few eggs were discovered in the remote areas of Cambodia’s Areng Valley and some reaches of Laos.
<p style=”text-align: center;”><a href=”http://foodwebstoriesdotcom.files.wordpress.com/2014/01/iucn.png”><img class=”size-full wp-image-324 aligncenter” src=”http://foodwebstoriesdotcom.files.wordpress.com/2014/01/iucn.png&#8221; alt=”iucn” width=”240″ height=”64″ /></a>The main threats to the Siamese Crocodiles habitat is human encroachment, lost of habitat due to deforestation, and especially recently hydro power projects. Early last year a Chinese company paid the Cambodian government for the ability to build a dam in the Cardamom protected forests of the Cardamom mountains. The project was said to start last year during the summer without a decent EIR. sadly this would displace numerous villages and especially the remaining Siamese Crocodile populations of the area. A project has recently begun with the intention of finding and removing the crocodiles in the area of the Areng Valley to safety so that they could breed in peace.</p>
<a href=”http://foodwebstoriesdotcom.files.wordpress.com/2014/01/scrocodiles.jpg”><img class=”size-full wp-image-322 alignright” src=”http://foodwebstoriesdotcom.files.wordpress.com/2014/01/scrocodiles.jpg&#8221; alt=”SCrocodiles” width=”160″ height=”242″ /></a>The Siamese Crocodile is said to have been removed from 99% of it’s range.

700,000 Siamese Crocodiles are known to live on commercial crocodile farms in S. E. Asia especially in Thailand.

During infamous flood of Bangkok, Thailand in 2011, 100 crocodiles or more escaped due to flood water they were later found swimming in the suburbs near the city.

Chemical fertilizers, pesticides used in rice production, increased cattle populations, and land mines were also factored as reasons for species decline for the small white hued crocodiles known as the Siamese Crocodile.

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