Babt crocs hatch plan to cause dou­ble trou­ble

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS - SAM SMALLBONE

DOU­BLE trou­ble is the best way to de­scribe the first set of twin croc­o­diles to be born at the lo­cal croc­o­dile farm.

The two male salt­wa­ter croc­o­diles, Jax and Marty, which hatched from a con­joined egg at Hart­ley’s Croc­o­dile Ad­ven­tures in Fe­bru­ary, are al­most four weeks old and full of en­ergy.

The pair is the first set of twins to sur­vive from their mother, Cy­clone, af­ter pre­vi­ous con­joined eggs failed in ear­lier breed­ing sea­sons.

Farm man­ager Nick Stevens knew that he was in for a hand­ful when wildlife car­ers found the con­joined egg in one of the large croc­o­dile nests in Novem­ber.

“We try and keep them to­gether but they are with a lot of other brothers and sis­ter who are all reach­ing a month old,” he said.

“They were born ap­prox­i­mately 13cm and are now mea­sur­ing up to 25cm in length.

“They are both the same size - which is very strange as usu­ally one is big­ger than the other.

“De­spite their lit­tle ar­gu­ments they are eat­ing healthy and go­ing very well.

“By look­ing at their fa­ther there is a chance they will grow up to 6 me­tres long.”

Ac­cord­ing to wildlife car­ers the twins take af­ter their fa­ther, Paul, a 15-foot salt­wa­ter croc­o­dile which was caught from the wild af­ter a life­time of killing cat­tle.

“Ev­ery­one is re­ally in­ter­ested in the twins and ex­cited to see them but they won’t be shown to the pub­lic for a few years,” Mr Stevens said.

“They are cur­rently in their own bay in a hatch­ing pen with about 30 of their brothers and sis­ters and will stay there for eight months.

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