Ben checks out the crocs at the top end and decides to hire one for a day trip!
The Darwin Crocodile Farm is in Darwin's rural hinterland 38 kilometres south of the city. It is one of Australia's largest commercial breeding farms, with worldwide sales of leather, skins, meat and other crocodile products.
The farm opened in 1981 and is home to around 10,000 crocodiles, ranging from hatchlings just a few centimetres long to large males measuring five metres. They live in billabongs and display pens which were developed and planted with native trees and tropical plants. That also means native birds and animals are attracted. Kingfishers, ibis, sandpipers, storks and birds of prey fly in and out and water monitors, turtles and many other lizard species are regularly seen in the gardens. There are wide pathways which provide easy access and viewing.
Crocodiles are the largest living relics of the dinosaur age and, as they are cold-blooded creatures, need very little to eat. One chicken a week keeps a five-metre croc sleek and shiny. Feeding positions are rotated through the farm's five billabongs and display pens.
The park's saltwater crocodiles are not only on display but play an important role in the farm's breeding and raising programs. Most visitors arrive to see the crocs being hand fed by their handlers.
Snowy McArthur is the farm's most valuable and unusual crocodile, with an attitude which suggests he knows it. He is unique because he is the colour of a gold coin, the only crocodile known to have no black markings at all. But he is not albino. He came from the McArthur River and is 4.5 metres long. He is on permanent display and is thought to have a live value of $250,000.
The gardens offer plenty of shade and tourists can enjoy their day in comfort and safety.
Darwin, the capital of the Northern Territory
Darwin Crocodile Farm entry costs $10 for adults and $5.50 for children.
Please note prices are valid at time of filming.
Darwin Crocodile Farm
Stuart Highway, Noonamah 0837
Ph: (08) 8988 1491
Fax: (08) 8988 firstname.lastname@example.org
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