Baby turtle excited for his first Christmas at Crocosaurus Cove



Albert the yellow face turtle is getting into the Christmas spirit at Crocosaurus Cove.

ALBERT the northern yellow-faced turtle is helping to deck the halls of Crocosaurus Cove.

The six-month-old reptile is partial to a red and white colour scheme and plenty of tinsel and baubles.

He may be small, but young Albert has a real eye for design and he was quick to lend a helping hand when it came to moving crackers into place for a Christmas display.

Crocosaurus Cove senior reptile keeper Courtney Maxsted said northern yellow-faced turtles like Albert could be found in the freshwater systems of the Top End.

Their diet is made up of fruits, vegetables and insects but Albert is also partial to a bit of meat.

Ms Maxsted said on Christmas Day, Albert and the rest of the resident animals at Croc Cove would expect a treat from Santa Claus.

“If he continues to be a good boy I’m sure he’ll get it too.”

Albert is one of the animals used as part of the Crocosaurus Cove Big Croc Feed Experience — don’t worry though, he’s there for people to see, not for crocs to eat.


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Our favorite shots of the week

Here are a few of our favorite shots from Facebook and Instagram from the last few weeks.

Thanks for sharing @robynmariebell
A great close up from inside the #cageofdeath #ntaustralia #seeaustralia #topendnt

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Our Facebook page has hit 19,000 likes, if you haven’t already head to our page to like us. Watch out for the 20,000 like as we will have something special for them!

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Nesting Time at Crocosaurus Cove

This week at Crocosaurus Cove we have witnessed Kate building her nest to lay her eggs in.

We have had confirmation today that she has layed her eggs and as part of the Big Feed Show at 11:30am on Sunday the 30th November 2015 we will have Matt Wright – The Outback Wrangler putting on a show collecting her eggs.

Don’t miss this one – we look forward to seeing you in the park.

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Name The Croc Competition – Winner Announced

Axel chosen as winning name for Crocosaurus Cove’s new star attraction.


Chase Johnson with Name a Croc winner Brett Frew and newly named saltie Axel. Picture: IVAN RACHMAN


MEET Axel, Crocosaurus Cove’s happiest new resident.

Brett Frew’s new name for the 900kg saltie was chosen from more than 300 entries.

Crocosaurus Cove manager Chase Johnson said the number of suggestions was overwhelming.

Although he’s an estimated 65-years-old, he’s only just entering his prime.

“He’s awesome, he’s a machine,” she said.

Axel was previously known as “Big Boy” or “Fat Boy”.

Ms Johnson said Axel was settling in well.

“He loves being the centre of attention,” she said.

Mr Frew said the idea for the name came to him after hearing the animal had an appetite for car tyres.

“I name all my hunting dogs after car parts; I’ve got one named Chassis and another called Coil,” he said.

Axel was taken out of the wild in 1980 after locals reported him attacking cars and boat trailers on the Roper River.

As part of his prize, Mr Frew, from Jabiru, won a swim with Axel in the Cage of Death.

“He’s a big boy, that’s for sure,” he said.

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This Weeks top Photos

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Name The Croc Competition

What name would you come up with for our latest 5.1m Saltwater crocodile arrival? See the @thentnews for entry details. #ntnews #ntaustralia

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Crocosaurus Cove – Easter Holidays fun!

Easter Holidays at Crocosaurus Cove – Open Every day including Good Friday

Looking to keep kids entertained these school holidays?
Bring the family to Crocosauurs Cove & join in the Easter fun.
Test your knowledge as part of our brand new Easter Treasure Hunt. All entries go into the draw to win an awesome Easter basket plus there are chocolate treats for every completed quiz.

Make a crococdile mask, or post your colouring competition to Dundee the Croc for your chance to win a school holiday prize pack.

All of this & 9 awesome reptile hows daily!

Don’t forget to use your Locals Pass these holidays!

To renew your pass just show your NT Licence to the staff at the ticket desk and get 12 months free entry with every adult and child ticket you purchase.

Book online at or follow us on facebook for all of the latest updates.
For more information phone: 08 8981 7522

Keep the kids entertained with our Easter colouring competition! Click the graphic below to download and start colouring.

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Saltwater crocodiles – It’s breeding time

Water warms with the incumbent wet season weather. Crocodiles are starting to mate frequently. Male crocodiles will mate with multiple females during the breeding season. Males usually play no role in parenting.
Females will lay their eggs and build a nest over the eggs. The female protects her nest aggressively. They appear to go without food during most of this time, which is quite a sacrifice during the best time of year for feeding.
The eggs have an incubation period of around 80 days. The rate of development is strongly influenced by temperature. The warmer it is the faster they grow! After two to three weeks the temperature of the nest determines the sex of the embryo. Embryos around 31-32c tend to develop into males.
To hatch they use a piece of hard skin on their nose called an “egg tooth” to slit the eggshell and poke their nose out. She helps eggs having difficulty hatching by squeezing them gently between her jaws, before finally eating any dead or infertile eggs remaining. Hatchlings usually measure 20-25cm in length and weigh around 60-90grams.
The female looks after her young usually for several weeks or months after hatching. They stay in regular contact by using soft chirping calls, and the female rushes to their aid if they produce strident distress calls.
Juveniles grow quickly by feeding on any small prey they can catch, usually fish, insects, frogs and shrimps. They survive by forming groups with their siblings, and staying close to their mothers. They use loud distress calls if they feel threatened, and most adults will rush over to help.
Juveniles have bright markings and black bands which act as disruptive camouflage to hide them from predators.
Next time we will discuss what happens as they get bigger.
Don’t forget to come down to Croc Cove and have a hold of our baby crocodile.

The Cage of Death - Crocodile dive

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Crocosaurus Cove wins best Major Tourist Attraction

The who’s who of the Northern Territory’s tourism industry gathered in Alice Springs last Saturday to honour the finalists and winners of the 2013 Brolga Northern Territory Tourism Awards.
Crocosaurus Cove was proud to take home the “Brolga” for the NT’s best Major Tourist Attraction.
The award was accepted by Assistant Manager Penny Eckel who has been with the attraction since the development stage and as she mentioned in her acceptance speech “before the crocodiles arrived into Mitchell Street”
Bringing together some of the largest crocodiles on the planet as well as being home to Australia’s only crocodile dive, Crocosaurus Cove was extremely proud to accept the prestigious award for the first time.

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Saltwater crocodiles – Big air!

Did you know?
If Saltwater crocodiles want to go after a bird or bat on a low-hanging branch, they will jump out of the water! A big “Salty” can get half to two-thirds of its body out of the water; while 2m crocs can get their entire body out of the water.
Their tail is solid muscle and they use it to propel themselves right out of the water.

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