Saltwater crocs make better neighbours than previously thought

15 Dec 2020
The Australia Zoo team restraining "Jimmy Fallon", a 4.02m crocodile in the Steve Irwin Wildlife Reserve, so it can be fitted with a tracking device, measured and sexed. (Photo: Cameron Baker)

Quantitative biology – the science of using mathematics, statistics and computational techniques to study life and living organisms – has helped University of Queensland researchers discover that saltwater crocodiles to be more tolerant of their neighbours than previously thought.

Long-regarded as the most aggressive and least social crocodile species, research backed by Australia Zoo owner Dr Terri Irwin, has shed light on croc behaviour on a population scale.

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