The Philippines is home to two species of crocodiles: the saltwater crocodile (Crocodylus porosus), which can grow up to 6 meters (20 feet) long and is common across much of Southeast Asia and Australia; and the freshwater Philippine crocodile, about half the size and significantly rarer.
Does Philippines have crocodiles or alligators?
The Philippine crocodile, the species endemic only to the country, became data deficient to critically endangered in 2008 from exploitation and unsustainable fishing methods, such as dynamite fishing.
Are Philippine crocodiles rare?
The Philippine crocodile is now very rare and its wild population is extremely limited both in distribution and population size. … Although much remains unknown about this rare species, the Mabuwaya foundation is studying the ecology of the Philippine crocodile in the wild since 2000.
What is the family of Philippine crocodile?
Are Philippine crocodiles dangerous?
Philippine crocodiles do not attack people unless provoked, and are no man-eaters,” van Weerd says. “The reputation of the saltwater crocodile as a dangerous animal, however, and published accounts of saltwater crocodiles killing people, also influences the public opinion about the Philippine crocodile.”