Rare Si­amese croc­o­dile eggs

The New Age (KwaZulu-Natal) - - News -

PH­NOM PENH: Con­ser­va­tion­ists in Cam­bo­dia have found a nest with 19 eggs from one of the world’s most en­dan­gered croc­o­diles, boost­ing hopes for a rare species threat­ened by poach­ers and habi­tat loss. The clutch of fist-sized eggs was dis­cov­ered this week by en­vi­ron­men­tal of­fi­cers. The group had been search­ing for wild Si­amese croc­o­diles, a species whose pop­u­la­tion has plum­meted at an alarm­ing rate in re­cent years. Re­searchers be­lieve only 400 adults still ex­ist in the wild, mostly in Cam­bo­dia. Their sur­vival is threat­ened by poach­ers who sup­ply eggs and adult rep­tiles to croc­o­dile farms around the re­gion. – AFP

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