Babt crocs hatch plan to cause double trouble
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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