Sunday, April 15, 2012

Mugger Crocodile - Yala, Sri Lanka

A photograph of a Mugger Crocodile taken in Yala, Sri Lanka
Mugger Crocodile (Crocodylus palustris) - Yala, Sri Lanka

Mugger Crocodiles, or Marsh Crocodiles are fairly common in Sri Lankan national parks. They can often be seen on the banks of most water holes or submerged in them. I saw and photographed a number of them on drives through Yala and Wilpattu.

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A photograph of a Mugger Crocodile taken in Yala, Sri Lanka
Mugger Crocodile (Crocodylus palustris) - Yala, Sri Lanka

The Mugger can be found in and around the Indian subcontinent. It is primarily a fresh water crocodile but has some tolerance of salt water and has been seen in salt water lagoons. It prefers slow moving bodies of shallow water as opposed to fast flowing, deep rivers. It feeds on fish and other mammals which it seizes and drags into the water to drown and consume at leisure.

A photograph of a Mugger Crocodile taken in Yala, Sri Lanka
Mugger Crocodile (Crocodylus palustris) - Yala, Sri Lanka

These photographs were taken with the Canon 7D and the 100-400mm lens.





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