New crocs in billabong for the wet season

Some new estuarine crocodiles (Crocodylus porosus) have come into the billabong for the wet but none more welcome than 18 new freshwater (Crocodylus johnstoni) crocodiles who hatched out of the egg (s) in November.

Djarradjin Billabong is part of the Murrumburr clan estate in central Kakadu. Flood water is flowing in from Lightning Dreaming near Nourlangie Rock (Burrungui) as well as Sandy Billabong (Djalillbarr) upstream.

There were 2 croc nests in the sandy banks of Djarradjin Billabong and we (and our tourists) were monitoring their progress from when the eggs were laid in July. Hopefully a few of the baby Gumugen will be the star attractions of the 2007 night wildlife boat cruise. Crocs will spread out into Kakadu’s wetlands as the wet season continues and will return to the billabong when floodwaters recede in Banggereng season.

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