Conservation of crocodiles

Saltwater crocodile conservation

The saltwater crocodile has gone from almost being extinct in the 1970s to now being widespread in large numbers so that it is not of any conservation concern. 

Saltwater crocodiles have ecological and cultural value, but they are also a management challenge due to different opinions on their place in the wild. 

They are spiritually important to some Aboriginal communities and a Territory icon, but they are also a dangerous predator. 

Use of crocodiles is managed by the Northern Territory Government to make sure it is sustainable for the long term. 

Permits to take eggs and crocodiles

Each year up to 70,000 eggs and 1,400 live crocodiles are allowed to be taken from the wild. 

You can get a permit to take eggs and crocodiles from the wild. 

You need to provide all of the following information if you have a permit to take live eggs:

  • details of when and where egg harvesting occurred
  • make sure the number of live eggs taken is within the permitted number
  • state the crocodile farm eggs are going to
  • annual returns stating the total number and number of live and viable eggs harvested. 

This information needs to be provided on 31 July each year that the permit is valid.

Find out more about permits to take or interfere with wildlife.

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Last updated: 21 January 2016

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