Teritip, Balikpapan, East Kalimantan. The rivers in Kalimantan/Borneo can not be separated from the existence of a reptile called “crocodile”. In some places in Borneo, it is prohibited to say “crocodile” when somebody in the river because it is believed to summon a crocodile to come. We should replace the word “crocodile” into something else. When I lived in Borneo, some times i heard somebody was devoured by a crocodile when he/she was on a river in Borneo. Scary huh?
When we are passing through the rivers or estuaries in Borneo, we rarely see crocodiles appear. I have several times passed through the rivers of Borneo, but i did not even see crocodiles in the wild except for the one that I thought it was a trunk in the Mahakam River. Most of time, they are hiding under the water. If you want to see crocodiles in Borneo, don’t worry. There is one place in Balikpapan where we can see thousands of crocodiles safely. The place name is Teritip.
Teritip is an area in Balikpapan, East Kalimantan that is famous for its crocodile farm. This crocodile farm is managed by a company called CV Surya Kingdom. Besides being used for breeding, this place is also a must visit tourist attraction when you are in Balikpapan. Crocodiles look calm. They’re just napping or just floating in the water. Once they move, their nature character appears, looks so brutal. They slash their snout so fast and powerful. I guess there would be no survivor when somebody bitten by a crocodile, especially when they are in the water. However, they need some attentions. Some crocodile species status are about to extinct.
There are 3 types of crocodiles are bred in Teritip. All three are are crocodile native to Indonesia, especially those inhabiting the island of Borneo/Kalimantan:
1. The Saltwater Crocodile (Crocodylus porosus)
This species is also known as saltie, estuarine or Indo-Pacific crocodile. This species is the largest living reptile until now, greater than nil crocodiles and alligators. Reportedly, There was a 12-meter saltwater crocodile found in Sangatta, East Kalimantan. This measure is well above the average size of saltwater crocodiles which usually has a length of 5 meters and weigh about 1000kg. The conservation status of this crocodile is “least concern”.
2. False Gharial Crocodile (Tomistoma schlegelii)
This crocodile is also known as the Malayan gharial and Sunda gharial. It is a freshwater crocodile with a very thin and elongated snout. Apart from rivers, they inhabit swamps and lakes. Its onservation status is vulnerable.
3. Freshwater crocodile (Crocodylus siamensis)
Crocodylus siamensis is a freshwater crocodile native to Borneo/Kalimantan. The conservation status of this species is critically endangered. Its other common names include: Siamese freshwater crocodile, Singapore small-grain, cocodrilo de Siam, crocodile du Siam, buaja, buaya kodok, jara kaenumchued, and soft-belly.
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