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Jakarta Post

Rare croc found in Jambi river

  • Jon Afrizal

    The Jakarta Post

Jambi   /   Sat, August 11, 2018   /   11:26 am
Rare croc found in Jambi river Five metre long and 700 kilogram Eric the Crocodile who is celebrating his 55th birthday chomps into a fish in Sydney 01 Oct. 2001. Eric who was captured after been implicated in the deaths of two people people in Australia's north and was then sent to a breeding program where after having his foot bitten off and himself biting off the heads of two female crocodiles, he was relocated to the park. (Agence France -Presse/William West)

Residents of Rantau Panjang village in Jujuhan district, Bungo regency in Jambi recently spotted a rare Senyulong crocodile in the Jujuhan River.

The villagers spotted the endangered animal in Lubuk Larangan, at a spot in the river where fish commonly gather, on Thursday. The local name for the animal is a fish crocodile because of its narrow, flat and long snout.

Rantau Panjang village chief Alfadol said the crocodile was 2-meters long. He said in the past, residents, who had never been threatened by the crocodiles, often saw Senyulong crocodiles in the river.

“However, after illegal gold mining became rampant in the upstream areas of the Jujuhan River, we rarely see them now,” he said on Friday.

The residents discovered the crocodile when it was accidently caught in a net they were using to catch fish. Local customs only permit villagers to catch fish from the deepest depths of the river for special occasions such as Independence Day, which falls in August. The villagers immediately released the crocodile back into the river.

“The villagers never meant to disturb the crocodile’s habitat,” Alfadol added.

Senyulong crocodiles are one of seven crocodile species endemic to Indonesia and live in Sumatra, Kalimantan and Java. The endangered species are a target of poachers. The Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) categorizes Senyulong crocodiles as Appendix I animals, meaning that they face imminent extinction unless the illegal trade in the animal is brought to an end.