A Sneak Peak into Crocodile Farming
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A Sneak Peak into Crocodile Farming

Crocodile skin and meat are sold commercially. In addition, the musk glands of some species of crocodiles are used in perfumes. Commercial crocodile farming is now possible through the establishment of breeding farms.

The mention of the word “crocodile” makes some people cringe imagining the image of a flesh-eating reptile, for crocodiles are among the most dangerous of all living creatures. Dangerous as they are, however, crocodiles are now bred in farms. Crocodile skin and meat are sold commercially. In addition, the musk glands of some species of crocodiles are used in perfumes. Commercial crocodile farming is now possible through the establishment of breeding farms.

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Crocodiles have been hunted and killed by humans for many reasons, especially for sport and commercial ventures. However, the unregulated hunting of crocodilians has reduced their population. Governments have passed laws to prevent the extinction of crocodiles and alligators. To reduce the need for hunting, both crocodiles and alligators have been bred and raised on farms to be harvested like other livestock.

People go into crocodile farming because they see it as a profitable venture. Crocodile hide, as well as the meat, are in demand and fetch a high price.

A prospective crocodile farmer would have to meet certain requirements in order to raise crocodiles successfully. To begin with, one has to construct concrete pens with provisions for bathing. To estimate how large an area the crocodiles should be raised in, one young crocodile can be kept in one square meter of space up to its fourth year. Beyond its fourth year, a crocodile’s living space should be doubled. In addition, temperature in the area should not be less than 28?C.

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Crocodile food consumption takes about half a kilo of meat a month while they are still young. When they grow to four years old, they consume half a kilo of meat or fish every other day. Crocodiles are not choosy: they eat even sickly chickens and pigs or cheap fish. There’s one problem, though. They often fight with each other when they are not fed well.

Crocodiles lay about 50 eggs yearly, usually during the rainy season. This is the most dangerous time as the crocodiles keep watch over their eggs. However, in a crocodile farm, the eggs are hatched inside electric incubators in about three months.

  

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The crocodiles are ready to be harvested in about four to five years. They are washed, skinned and salted. Crocodile skin could command a high price. It is processed and made into shoes, bags, belts, purses, and other leather products. Crocodile meat is also sold as gourmet and exotic food. For those on a diet, take note: crocodile meat is cholesterol-free.

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Comments (8)

Just like factory feed lot cattle... pity.

Very interesting article! All those crocodiles hanging around are a scary prospect.

I just hate this. So not right...

Gr8 article, but I'm afraid of crocodiles.

Marvelous piece about crocs, galing!

You got it right. I worked in a crocodile farm before.

Wow I didn't know that crocodiles lay 50 eggs a year! great article..but it seems sad they'll be harvested after 4 to 5 years.

Not my cup of tea, thanks!

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