Scarface lacks choppers but still lives like a king
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Scarface was the fearless, merciless antagonist of the ’80s that loved his Miami gang and his women even more.
His reign left a lasting legacy that only one has been able to contest, Scarface 2.0.
He’s the ruthless, toothless crocodile that rules 10km of the Daintree River with a fascinating “tale” to tell.
Scarface first appeared on the scene 10 years ago when Fat Albert was ruling the roost.
Bruce Belcher from Bruce Belcher’s Daintree River Cruises said he “can’t remember a time when Scarface ever had teeth”.
Four years after the 4.5 metre croc made his debut in the Daintree Fat Albert was shot by a local man and the King took his rightful place.
The promotion came with a 10 kilometre stretch of the Daintree, a harem of females and all the ripe cattle carcasses his belly could fit.
The carcasses were a good selling point for the toothless giant who prefers his prey to be of a more passive nature.
The croc plays to his strengths, using his powerful head to rip open the abdomen of his rotting prey and twist the intestines out. While his feeding method may be unorthodox it does the trick.
Mr Belcher sees the 500 kilogram croc most days and is familiar with his eating habits.
“The smell is atrocious but you’ve got to do what you’ve got to do,” said Mr Beadison lcher. “Each to their own, everyone needs to eat. “He’s living the dream.” Scarface’s promotion didn’t come without a catch. Other crocodiles have identified his patch as prime real estate and each of them want a chunk.
These male crocodiles are often younger and more virile with higher stamina. Everyday Scarface defends his territory from these young usurpers.
Which begs the question – how does he defend himself without teeth, let alone defend an entire patch of land and a bevy of females?
“If you learn anything from old age it’s how to bluff your way through any situation,” said Mr Belcher. “And Scarface is a master bluffer.”
So it seems Scarface is all bark and literally no bite.
But the 50-year-old king has a good 20 years left in him.
And with no retirement age for crocodiles, the toothless warrior will keep battling right up until he is dethroned.
He’s even struck up a friendly relationship with the tour boats that pass through his territory and like all great rulers he’s learnt the value of compromise. “We stay out of the water and he stays out of the boat.”
Although Mr Belcher says Scarface is a ‘friendly’ fellow, if you happen to run into him remember to never smile at a crocodile, especially when he can’t smile back – it’s rude.
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