Very often you wouldn’t think of Singapore and crocodiles being together, given that Singapore is a cosmopolitan city of almost 6 million people, filled with skyscrapers, shopping malls, and high rise apartments. But yes, crocodiles are native to Singapore and you can usually spot them lurking in the northern nature reserve of Sungei Buloh.
The crocodiles found in Singapore are the estuarine or saltwater crocodile which can grow up to 5 meters and weigh more than 1,000 kg. That said, they are the largest predator on the island and can easily chomp down on any unfortunate animal, or human that gets in it’s way. Well, I’ve never heard of anyone getting bitten, killed or eaten by a crocodile in Singapore before.
I’ve tried to spot these crocodiles before at Sungei Buloh but without luck. But this trip would prove to be my lucky day, as I managed to spot at least 4 crocodiles in one morning.
Wild crocodiles aren’t going to be just lying there waiting for you to take their photos. So you have to try to spot them in their usual hangout which is usually in the water’s edge near the shore, where they lie in wait to ambush their prey.
While I had satisfied my search to spot crocodiles that morning, I managed to run into other reptilian relatives of the crocs.
All these photos were taken with my 100-400mm telephoto lens which allowed me to be further away from the animals. Being wild animals, it’s best to keep your distance from them, especially if they feel threatened by your presence and can attack suddenly.