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A whole lot of croc

May 11, 2014 - 12:57am

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PET: Mr Robin Lee, manager of Long Kuan Hung Crocodile Farm, with his pet croc Baobei. TNP PHOTO: ARIFFIN JAMAR

Chomp.

The little week-old critter which bit this curious reporter’s finger was a mere 15cm in length.

It did not break skin but things would be different if it were one of the breeding adults at Long Kuan Hung Crocodile Farm in Kranji.

The biggest there is a behemoth at more than 5m in length.

“The first thing I tell my staff when they join me is never to put their hands or heads into the enclosure,” says farm manager Robin Lee, 39.

Previous reports state that there are believed to be 10 crocodiles in the waters of north-eastern Singapore.

But their fellow 13,000 creatures in captivity at Singapore’s last remaining crocodile farm are closely monitored and ministered to by a team of about 20 people, who oversee every aspect of the crocs’ lives.

Out of over 3,000 saltwater crocodile hatchlings produced each year on the farm, a select number are kept for breeding.

The rest are slaughtered when they are five years old for their meat and skins, yielding 1,600 skins annually.

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