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My skin is worth its weight in gold... Well nearly.

My skin is worth its weight in gold... Well nearly.

Siamese Crocodile
Crocodylus siamensis

Which crocodile's skin is the most valuable? It is that of Siamese crocodile because its scales are not very big and it does not have bony bumps as in others. So that is their tragedy and curiously their redemption.

They are critically endangered in the wild; there are only few hundreds and though there are efforts to protect, one can never say. These crocs are relatively small; they grow to 3 or 4 meters in length. They are also considered harmless to humans unlike the salties.

However, the captive breeding programs are hugely successful. Females lay many eggs (40 to 50) at a time. Most of the breeding programs, of course, are for commercial reasons because of their value.

And trust people. They cross breed them with other crocodiles which make them grow bigger and give more yield. But it is said that the hybrids can't breed.

The shape of the jaws indicate their diet. They eat not only fish but also amphibians, snakes and small mammals. Crocs with narrower jaws and gharials go for fish.

They are from southeast Asia; and Siam as we know was the old name for Thailand.


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Photo taken on 8 October 2005 (© Pandiyan / Flickr)

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